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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4061258, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination INSECT ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
E-Learning website
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 ANDREA BATTISTI 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 BATTISTI ANDREA (Presidente)
FACCOLI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MAZZON LUCA (Supplente)
MORI NICOLA (Supplente)
5 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BATTISTI ANDREA (Presidente)
FACCOLI MASSIMO (Membro Effettivo)
MAZZON LUCA (Supplente)
MORI NICOLA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of ecology and entomology.
Target skills and knowledge: The aim of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge of insect ecology, with particular interest for the species causing epidemics in the alpine and Mediterranean forests. The insect-plant relationships and the tritrophic relationships with the natural enemies will be explored. Possible applications to the integrated pest management of key species in forest ecosystems will be considered. The role of climate change and invasive species will be addressed.
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.
Assessment criteria: The assessment of the student will be carried out based on the general understanding of both theoretical and practical subjects.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will include 32 hours of theoretical teaching as well as 16 hours of practical work, done in both the laboratory and in the field. One or two seminars by visiting scientists will be also planned.
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
The students may contact the teacher through the forum available on the Moodle platform or by e mailing
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Wainhouse D, Ecological methods in forest pest management.. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Speight M., Hunter M., Watt A., Ecology of Insects. Concepts and Applications.. London: Blackwell, 2005. Cerca nel catalogo