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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
Course unit
INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF ARTHROPOD PESTS
AVP5073558, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT OF ARTHROPOD PESTS
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/course/view.php?idnumber=2017-AV2293-000ZZ-2017-AVP5073558-N0
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)
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

Lecturers
Teacher in charge ALBERTO POZZEBON AGR/11

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/11 General and Applied Entomology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

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

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione a.a. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 POZZEBON ALBERTO (Presidente)
DUSO CARLO (Membro Effettivo)
MAZZON LUCA (Supplente)
MORI NICOLA (Supplente)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Knowledge of general and agricultural Entomology
Target skills and knowledge: The course will provide knowledge on the various concepts involved in the development and application of IPM strategies. Target skills are: utilize critical thinking principles for pest management decision-making aimed at the conjugation of environmental compatibility, production efficiency, economic viability, and social responsibility; apply current pest management principles to crop production and situations where pest management is critical.
Examination methods: One final exam. 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 pest management implementation;
Course unit contents: This course will deal with current strategies of biological and integrated control of arthropod pests on key agricultural crops. The first part of the course will focus on ecological and economics concepts involved in pest control, the second on the most promising tools in pest management tactics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 1st Credit: Introduction to IPM; definition of Integrated Pest Management and historical perspectives: from pest control to pest management.
2nd Credit: Ecological and economic concepts in IPM
Biological units, trophic structures and food web ecology. Population dynamics and life history theory. Productivity, yield loss, Pest management and profit maximization, Economic thresholds.
3rd Credit: IPM in the field
Monitoring strategies, pest’s distribution and abundance assessment, sampling procedure, monitoring and forecasting, decision support systems.
4th Credit: Pest management tactics I
Concepts and methods of biological control, classical biological control, augmentative and conservation biological control
5th Credit: Pest management tactics II
Cultural control (preventive measures, sanitation, soil management), biotechnics
6th Credit: Pest management tactics III
Toxicology and ecotoxicology of pesticides, legislation
There will be 48 contact 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 sessions (about 16 hours) will be dedicated to a practical presentation of IPM tools and their use. Laboratory sessions will comprise field visits.
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
https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/login/index.php
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Radcliffe, Edward B., and William D. Hutchison., Integrated pest management: concepts, tactics, strategies and case studies. --: Cambridge University Press, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • E. B. Radcliffe,W. D. Hutchison & R. E. Cancelado Radcliffe's, IPM World Textbook,. --: --, --. http://ipmworld.umn.edu
  • Dent D., Insect Pest Management, 2nd edition,. --: --, 2000. C.A.B. International. Optional supplementary readings
  • Gurr G.M., Wratten S.D., Snyder W.E., Biodiversity and Insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.