PLANT PESTS AND PATHOGENS

AGR2PPP

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores the current frontiers of research and development of a range of commercially relevant plant pests and diseases. Students will learn the underpinning theory about disease and pest identification using a mix of traditional and modern identification techniques. Plant damage assessment techniques will be taught and practiced. The relationships between the host and pest/pathogen interactions will be explored. Best practice sustainable control measures will involve integrating information on ecological principles, life and disease cycles and the influences of environmental conditions as well as integrating management techniques themselves. This subject will enable students to specialize in areas of particular commercial interest, for example crops, pastures, wine-grapes or turf.


SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects AGR2IPM

Equivalent subjects AGR2IPM

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Identify commercially relevant plant diseases within a specialized area and discuss assessments on prevalence.

Activities:
Through workshop sessions, lectures, scientific literature and group discussion of case studies, the identification of plant diseases will be demonstrated. Use of electronic and/or paper-based keys or enzyme assays will be used to identify common commercially relevant diseases for each specialization (i.e. agronomy, viticulture, turf or pasture) where applicable.

02. Describe commercially relevant plant diseases within a specialized area.

Activities:
Through workshop sessions, lectures, scientific literature and group discussion of case studies, descriptions of plant diseases will be reviewed.

03. Identify commercially relevant plant pests that affect plant health within a specialized area and discuss assessments on prevalence.

Activities:
Through workshop sessions, lectures, scientific literature and group discussion of case studies, the identification and/or description of plant pests will be demonstrated. Use of electronic and/or paper-based keys will be used to identify common commercially relevant pests for each specialization (i.e. agronomy, viticulture, turf or pasture) where applicable.

04. Describe commercially relevant plant pests that affect plant health within a specialized area.

Activities:
Through workshop sessions, lectures, scientific literature and group discussion of case studies, descriptions of plant pests will be demonstrated.

05. Analyse and describe the relationships between hosts and pathogens or pests.

Activities:
Through lectures, group discussion and practical sessions, the relationship between host and pathogen or host and pest will be described. Group discussions and practical sessions both in the laboratory and in commercial settings will be used to identify, monitor and demonstrate the effects of pests and diseases.

06. Implement an integrated pest management program informed by knowledge of methods of pathology and pest management.

Activities:
Workshop sessions, group discussions and practical sessions on the farm will be used to devise an integrated pest management program. Workshop sessions will be used to research and determine action thresholds.

07. Review the role of integrated pest management within a specialized area.

Activities:
Workshop sessions, group discussions and practical sessions on the farm will be used to assist students with the reviewing of an integrated pest management program.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"All majors"

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 days laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"All majors. 18 hours total"

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Five 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"All majors"

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Four 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Viticulture"

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Four 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Turf"

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Four 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Agronomy/pasture"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Disease management program (up to 1,000-words)25 06, 07
Pest management program (1,000-words)25 05
Practical Assessments (500-words)20 01, 02
Written Exam (2 hours - 2,000-words equiv.)30 01, 02, 03, 04