Cultivate skills controlling pests that attack plants. Recognise agriculturally important insects, diseases and weeds. Consider impact on industry and ecosystems. Synthesise weed management methods. Grow natural pest resistant modification techniques.
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Upon completion of this subject, students will be able to:
- by describing the impact of plant pests on agricultural industries and recognising a range of agriculturally important insects, diseases and weeds, the student will demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the subject;
- analyse and evaluate information in order to discuss the ecological basis for pest problems and their management;
- communicate the principles and practices of different techniques for managing pest organisms to others using verbal and/or written formats;
- analyse and evaluate information in order to describe to others the molecular basis for several important plant protection processes;
- analyse and evaluate information in order to describe to others the generation and value of genetically engineered plants; and
- synthesise this information into an understanding of integrated pest management systems and evaluate the status of integrated pest management in current Australian plant protection systems.
- Introduction to plant pest problems - losses, changes in management, economic thresholds
- Biological control of insect pests
- Chemical control of insect pests
- Other tactics
- Management of plant diseases - pathogen effects, epidemiology, principles of management, cropping systems and disease
- Management of weeds - impact, quarantine and legislation, physical, ecological, biological and chemical control
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- Insects and Weeds (25%)
- Disease Diagnosis (10%)