Plant disease and pest management

A.Y. 2017/2018
Lesson for
6
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
AGR/11 AGR/12
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course is based on presentation and discussion of cases of study and scientific papers finalized to deepen the knowledge of biology, epidemiology and population dynamics of the most important pest and diseases of arable and fruit crops and forests. Regulations concerning the use of chemicals and biological control organisms will be used to propose sustainable pest and disease management strategies.The course is based on presentation and discussion of cases of study and scientific papers finalized to deepen the knowledge of biology, epidemiology and population dynamics of the most important pest and diseases of arable and fruit crops and forests. Regulations concerning the use of chemicals and biological control organisms will be used to propose sustainable pest and disease management strategies.
The students will learn how to approach the problems related to the pest and diseases management of the most important arable and fruit crops and forest plants, both within the frame of integrated and organic agriculture. They will know the rules and regulatory restrictions related to the development and use of chemicals and biological control organisms for the management of known and alien pests and diseases.The students will learn how to approach the problems related to the pest and diseases management of the most important arable and fruit crops and forest plants, both within the frame of integrated and organic agriculture. They will know the rules and regulatory restrictions related to the development and use of chemicals and biological control organisms for the management of known and alien pests and diseases.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
Unita' didattica 1: plant disease management
AGR/12 - PLANT PATHOLOGY - University credits: 3
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Cortesi Paolo
Unita' didattica 2: pest management
AGR/11 - GENERAL AND APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY - University credits: 3
Field activity: 8 hours
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Lupi Daniela
Unita' didattica 1: plant disease management
Syllabus
Concept of plant disease management. European, State and Regional rules concerning: - quarantines and inspections, - use of pathogen free-propagating materials, - reduction of chemicals applied for plant diseases control. Principles of plant disease management in integrated and organic agriculture. Fungicides: mechanism and mode of action, formulation, toxicity, mode of use. Fungicide resistance, and resistance management. Regulation to register, to sell and to use chemical fungicides and biotechnical products. Presentation and discussion of plant disease management strategy for the most important arable and fruit crops and forests within the frame of integrated or organic farming.
Teaching methods
Recommended textbooks useful for consultation: - Lorenzini G.: Principi di fitoiatria. Egadricole, Bologna - Jones D.G.: The epidemiology of plant diseases. Kluwer Academic Publisher, 1998. - Boland J.G. and Kuykendall: Plant-microbe interactions and biological control. Marcel Dekker, Inc., 1998. - Kennedy G.G. and Sutton B.T.: Emerging technologies for integrated pest management. APS press., 1999. Gonthier P. and Nicolotti G.: Infectious forest diseases. CABI International 2013.
Unita' didattica 2: pest management
Syllabus
Case studies on the management of invasive pest insects will be detailed. The biology and dangerousness in relation to the environment of colonization will be detailed. Students will approach the different problems related to the management different invasive species both within the frame of integrated and organic control. Presentation and discussion of problems related to the consequences of uncorrect use of pesticides will be detailed (e.g. resistance to pesticides, trophobiosis, secondary effect on useful insects, colony collapse disorder).
Teaching methods
Articles, chapters of books and pdf of the slides of the couse will be given at lesson
Lesson period
Second semester
Lesson period
Second semester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)
Reception:
On call
Office c/o DeFENS building A 21030 (first to the left entering the college from via Celoria)