Diagnosis of Diseases of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants

Diagnosis of Diseases of Agricultural and Horticultural Plants

Course dates:
1 July, 2024 to 14 July, 2024
EU/EEA citizens 4250 DKK/Non-EU/EEA citizens 7600 DKK
Fee advantages:
Full fee
Engineering & Sciences
Application deadline:
Monday, 1 April, 2024
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

General information

Plant diseases cause huge losses in plant production every year. As a prerequisite for controlling these diseases, it is necessary to be able to identify the causal pathogens, especially if sustainable crop protection strategies will be applied.

The course will introduce commonly occurring plant diseases in agriculture, horticulture and orchards etc. Hands-on experience with classical and web-based methods used in identifying causal organisms and diagnosing the diseases will be given. The course will focus on practical diagnostics of material collected by the participants. In addition, an introduction to molecular pathogen diagnosis is offered. Assessment of crop damage in the field and how to take samples for further studies will be discussed.

The participants learn:

•how to diagnose plant diseases - step by step - using classical practical methods (including web-based tools)
•how to identify pathogenic fungi, bacteria and virus from their pathogen morphology, hosts and host symptoms
•how to describe, characterise and assess damage in the field and how to take samples for identification of the causal agents of disease


Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Hostel World

UCPH Housing Foundation (acceptance letter from UCPH required).



ECTS accreditation

Bachelor level