PLANT PESTS AND DISEASES

AGR2PPD

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject the range of organisms adversely affecting crop production, including insects, mites, and nematodes, fungi, fungi-like organisms, bacteria , viruses, 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 Myrtle rust on Eucalypts and other natives in 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 first hand how growers manage pests and diseases.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Completion of one of the following subjects: BIO1MGC, BIO1APM, BIO1EEB, BIO1PS or BIO1OF

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsReading links online via LMSPrescribed..

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will demonstrate via an annotated ePortfolio 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 ePortfolio.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)

02. Students will demonstrate in laboratory reports, their annotated ePortfolio, 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 students 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 annotated ePortfolio, online quiz questions 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 quiz questions, a written exam and ePortfolio 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, 2016, Semester 1, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 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.

Field Trip Week: 11 - 22
One 4.0 hours field trip other recurrence on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
ePortfolio record of practical experiences (> 1000 words)35 01, 02, 03
field trip report (max 1000 words)20 01, 02, 04, 05
Online questions10 03, 04
one 2-hour examination35 01, 02, 03, 04