PLANTS PESTS AND DISEASES

AGR2PPD

2015

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.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

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

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will demonstrate via an oral and Powerpoint presentation that they understand the diversity and biology of the full range of pest and pathogen organisms that adversely affect crop plants.

Activities:
Diversity and biology introduced in lectures. Pests and pathogens observed in the field and laboratory classes. Guidelines are given for the oral presentation to peers and teaching staff.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

02. Students will demonstrate in laboratory reports, their oral and Powerpoint presentation, and the final written exam that they understand the theory and application of Integrated Pest Management.

Activities:
Theory and application of Integrated Pest Management introduced in lectures, observed in the field and laboratory classes, and researched by sudents on line.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Students will be able to demonstrate the use of appropriate on line resources to develop their knowledge in this field (plants, pests and disease).

Activities:
Students are given guidance on suitable sites/resources to conduct individual online research. Their findings to be used in an oral and Powerpoint presentation, literature review, and answers in final written exam.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

04. Students will demonstrate via a written exam and laboratory reports that they can synthesise various aspects of the diversity, biology and control of the full range of pest and pathogen organisms that adversely affect crop plants.

Activities:
Discussed in lectures (staff and student led) and laboratory classes.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

05. Students will demonstrate via a written report that they are able to analyse pest and disease situation on farms and suggest innovative and integrated approaches to their control.

Activities:
Discussed during field trips and in follow-up studies in the laboratory.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
completion of a practical assignment book (equivalent to approximately 1000 words)30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
field trip report10
literature review (1200 words)10 03
one 2-hour examination40 01, 02, 03, 04
presentation of a Powerpoint seminar to the rest of the class (approximately 10 minutes)10 01