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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073942, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track PLANT HEALTH [003LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SUSTAINABLE USE OF PESTICIDES
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge NICOLA MORI AGR/11

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/11 General and Applied Entomology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Knowledge on Ecology and general and agricultural Entomology - Pathology
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide knowledge on characteristics, benefits, hazards and sustainable use of pesticides. Target skills are: utilize critical thinking principles for chemical control management aimed at the conjugation of environmental compatibility, production efficiency, economic viability, and social responsibility. They will understand how to build chemical control measures aimed at minimizing the impact of pesticides on human health and the environment.
Examination methods: Final exam with practical test. A term project will be assigned to students and will count in the final course grade.
Assessment criteria: Written exam will assess the degree of knowledge on the topics presented during the lectures; Term project will evaluate critical analysis skills, and the creativity in sustainable use of pesticides
Course unit contents: This course will deal with current knowledge on Sustainable Use of Pesticide. Definition, benefits and hazards of Pesticides. Current EU legislation. Application techniques and equipment. Mitigation measures.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: There will be 48 contact hours (4 hours per week, with 2 lessons of 2 hours). The course will comprise front lectures with slides presentation, laboratory sessions and seminars. Reading of the class textbook, of material and other references provided by instructor will be associated to the lectures. During the course laboratory and field visits sessions (about 16 hours) will be dedicated to a practical presentation of sustainable pesticide application and mitigation calculation

1st Credit: Pesticides Introduction
Pesticides Definition, Composition (Active Ingredients , Coadjuvant). Mode of action, Formulations, Classification and Labelling.
2nd Credit: Benefits of pesticides
Improving productivity, Protection of crop losses/yield reduction, Vector disease control, Quality of food, Effects on organisms that harm other human activities and structures,
3rd Credit: Hazards of pesticides
Health effects (direct impact on humans or through food commodities); environmental effects: on soil fertility (beneficial soil microorganisms), water (surface and ground contamination) non-target vegetation and organisms contamination.
4th Credit: Legislation
Current Pesticides EU legislation, from laboratory and field data to registration report and EU evaluation
5th Credit: Pesticide sustainable use
Pesticide application methods, techniques and equipment to optimise their use. Economic thresholds. Strategies of resistance management.
6th Credit: Mitigation
Effect of pesticides application to water quality. Mitigation measures for runoff and for drift. Reduction of point-source pollution.
Calculation of mitigation with practical examples
Additional notes about suggested reading: The material used for the course will be made available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Margarita Stoytcheva, Pesticide in the Modern World – Risk and Benefits. --: Intech, 2011. Open Access
  • Patrick Drogui, Pierre Lafrance, Pesticides and Sustainable Agricolture. --: Springer Science & Business Media, 2012.
  • Radcliffe, Edward B., and William D. Hutchison, Integrated pest management: concepts, tactics, strategies and case studies. --: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo