Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPhilip Keane

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites BIO1OF or BIO1PS


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPapers as handed out in classPrescribedN/AN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPhilip Keane

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
completion of a practical assignment book (equivalent to approximately 1000 words)30
field trip report10
literature review (1200 words)10
one 2-hour examination40
presentation of a Powerpoint seminar to the rest of the class (approximately 10 minutes)10