PLANT PESTS AND DISEASES

AGR2PPD

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Historical and ecological aspects of the increasing global problems with plant pests and diseases will be presented. The diversity, broad classification into taxa, life-history and ecology of the main organisms adversely affecting crop production (including: insects, mites, and nematodes, fungi, fungi-like organisms, bacteria, viruses) will be examined. The principles and practice of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in agriculture, based on deployment of resistant cultivars, cultural and biological control measures and judicious use of pesticides, will be demonstrated in online interviews and face-to-face interactions with IPM experts, practical experiments in the lab and a field trip to a farm where IPM is practiced for pest control. In the practical classes students will study a range of insect pests and plant pathogens and visit a vegetable farm to observe first-hand and discuss with growers they approaches they use to manage pests and diseases.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKim Plummer

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesBIO1OF OR BIO1APM OR BIO1EEB OR BIO1MGC OR BIO1PS

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe, explain and synthesise various aspects of the diversity and biology of the full range of pest and pathogen organisms that adversely affect crop plants.
02. Explain and apply the theories of Integrated Pest Management.
03. Locate and synthesise information from appropriate online resources about plants, pests and disease.
04. Analyse pest and disease situations on farms and recommend innovative and integrated approaches to their control.

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