INSECT ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT

Second cycle degree in FOREST SCIENCE - SCIENZE FORESTALI (Ord. 2017)

Campus: LEGNARO (PD)

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: ANDREA BATTISTI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of ecology and entomology.
Examination methods: The exam will consist of written reports and exercises on the laboratory/field activities done during the course as well as of an oral presentation on a subject agreed with the teacher.
Course unit contents: Insect abundance and distribution: species-area relationships. Diversity of forest insects in relation to tree species, feeding guilds, and to the history of forest stands.
Classification of the outbreaks and related examples. Population dynamics: demographic growth versus mortality. Population cycles in different types of forest ecosystems.
Ecological factors affecting the populations of forest insects. Effects of climate and temperature, including climate change. Mechanisms of resistance developed by the host plants and adaptations of the insects. Role of competition and of natural enemies in population regulation.
Principles of integrated pest managements based on the knowledge of the insect ecology. Prevention, direct and indirect control, economic assessment of costs and benefits of IPM in forestry.
Relationships between climate change, range expansion and insect population dynamics.
Invasive species in forestry: definitions, concepts, and applications.