PLANTS PESTS AND DISEASES
Credit points: 15
In this subject the range of organisms adversely affecting crop production, including insects, mites, fungi, viruses, bacteria and nematodes, is introduced. Historical and ecological aspects of the increasing problems with crop pests and diseases are introduced, with examples including cotton boll weevil in the southern United States, potato late blight in Ireland, coffee rust in southeast Asia, and Eucalypt Dieback in souther Australia. The diversity, classification, life-history and ecology of the main pest types are introduced as a basis for discussing their integrated management in agriculture, based on deployment of resistant cultivars, cultural and biological control measures and judicious use of pesticides. The principles and practice of Integrated Pest Management will be introduced. In the practical classes students study a range of insect pests and plant pathogens and visit a vegetable farm to observe pest and diseases and their management.
FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering
Subject Co-ordinatorPhilip Keane
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Prerequisites BIO1OF or BIO1PS
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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhilip Keane
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
|completion of a practical assignment book (equivalent to approximately 1000 words)||30|
|field trip report||10|
|literature review (1200 words)||10|
|one 2-hour examination||40|
|presentation of a Powerpoint seminar to the rest of the class (approximately 10 minutes)||10|