First cycle
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Second cycle
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Single cycle
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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGL1000252, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0056, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination AGRICULTURAL ENTOMOLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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 CARLO DUSO AGR/11
Other lecturers DAVIDE RASSATI AGR/11

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/11 General and Applied Entomology 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 2
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 2
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 DUSO CARLO (Presidente)
POZZEBON ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
MAZZON LUCA (Supplente)
MORI NICOLA (Supplente)
9 Commissione a.a. 2016/17: dal 27/02/2017 27/02/2017 30/11/2017 DUSO CARLO (Presidente)
POZZEBON ALBERTO (Membro Effettivo)
MAZZON LUCA (Supplente)
MORI NICOLA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Knowledge of Biology and Chemistry is requested for fully understanding of lectures in Entomology.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge on the morphology, biology, ecology and behaviour of insect pests and their natural enemies will be provided. Emphasis will be given on biological control of pests as well as on biotechnologies useful in monitoring and control them. Concepts and application of Integrated Pest Management will be reported with examples on major crops.
Examination methods: The exam consists of a written test containing open questions. The questions cover the entire program and will be aimed at assessing the knowledge gained and the ability to solve problems. The written test can be integrated with an interview when necessary. The analysis of insect samples will be also requested. A discussion on specific topics can replace the analysis of insect samples.
Assessment criteria: The student competence will be evaluated considering the notions and concepts acquired and the ability to use them for solving problems.
Course unit contents: 1st credit: Insect classification
2nd credit: Principles of morphology, anatomy, physiology and ethology of insects.
3rd credit: Reproduction and development, life cycles, population dynamics, factors affecting insect outbreaks.
4th credit: Relationships between insects and other organisms, transmission of pathogens.
5th credit: Insect pest management, nature and features of pesticides, impact of pesticides on non-target organisms, resistance to pesticides.
6th credit: Biological control, supervised control, biotechnologies, Integrated Pest Management
7th-8th credit: Pests of economic importance
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course comprises theoretical lessons and seminars (about 56 hours), as well as laboratory and field activities (about 8 hours).
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study material is the copy of the slides used during the lessons, which will be provided online: (Moodle). The use of a reference book is recommended (e.g., F. Pennacchio - Gli insetti e il loro controllo, Zanichelli; or: P. Gullan, P. Cranston - Lineamenti di Entomologia, Zanichelli).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)