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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AG04110922, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AG0063, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track DIFESA DEI VEGETALI [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF PEST
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 LUCA MAZZON AGR/11

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
10 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MAZZON LUCA (Presidente)
FACCOLI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
9 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MAZZON LUCA (Presidente)
FACCOLI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MORI NICOLA (Supplente)
8 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 MAZZON LUCA (Presidente)
FACCOLI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MORI NICOLA (Supplente)

Course unit contents: Natural ecosystems and agrarian landscape. Notes on the dynamic population of animals. Regulatory factors of phytophagous populations. Biotic factors: parasites and predators. Abiotic factors.
Trophic interactions and biological control. Pesticide side-effects on arthropod natural enemies. Causes of arthropods outbreaks. Pesticide resistance in arthropods.
Biological control strategies: reintroduction of natural enemies, augmentation (inoculative and inundative release). Beneficial insects and mites production.
Biological control with microorganisms and entomopathogenic nematodes. Trapping and monitoring systems. Mass trapping. Mating disruption. Sterile insect technique and release of Insects carrying a dominant lethal.
Biological control agents: predator insects and mites.
Biological control agents: parasitoid insects.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • VIGGIANI G., Lotta biologica e integrata nella difesa fitosanitaria. Volume primo. Lotta biologica.. --: Liguori Editore., 1994. Cerca nel catalogo
  • VIGGIANI G., Lotta biologica e integrata nella difesa fitosanitaria. Volume secondo, Lotta integrata ai fitofagi.. --: Liguori Editore, 1997. Cerca nel catalogo
  • TREMBLAY E., Entomologia applicata. Vol. I, Generalit√† e mezzi di controllo.. --: Liguori Editore, 1990. Per approfondimenti Cerca nel catalogo
  • MASUTTI L., ZANGHERI S., Entomologia generale e applicata.. --: Cedam, 2001. Per approfondimenti Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Insects as natural enemiesa practical perspectiveedited by Mark A. Jervis. Dordrecht: Springer, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hajek, Ann E., Natural enemiesan introduction to biological controlAnn E. Hajek. Cambridge: Cambridge University press, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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