Sampling methods of insect and mite pest populations. Development and application of day-degree models in crop protection. Physical and cultural pest control methods. The use of pesticides to control pests. Development of insecticide resistance (mechanisms and management). Biological and biotechnological pest control methods. The use of biological control agents, quality control protocols of commercially available products, effects on non target organisms. Microbial insecticides, technology, mode of action. The use of semiochemicals and pheromones in modern plant protection. Plant derived insecticides. Genetic control methods in insect pest management.
Upon the completion of the course students will be able to understand the new trends and methods in integrated pest management with emphasis on the potential of biological control.
Written exams at the end of the semester. Furthermore, the students will have to prepare and submit by the end of the semester and before the examination period one literature review project on a topic relevant to the objectives of the course.
BIGLER F. - BABENDREIER D. - KUHLMANN U. 2006. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF INVERTEBRATES FOR BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF ARTHROPODS: METHODS AND RISK ASSESSMENT. CABI PUBLISHING, UK.
CARDE R. T. BELL, W. J. 1995. CHEMICAL ECOLOGY OF INSECTS. CHAPMAN AND HALL, USA.
CARDE R. T., MILLAR, J.G. 2004. ADVANCES IN INSECT CHEMICAL ECOLOGY. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, USA.
DENT D. 2000. INSECT PEST MANAGEMENT. CABI PUBLISHING. UK.
GEOFF M. GURR, STEVE D. WRATTEN, 2004. ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING FOR PEST MANAGEMENT: ADVANCES IN HABITAT MANIPULATION FOR ARTHROPODS. CABI PUBLISHING, AUSTRALIA.
HEDIN P. A, 1997. PHYTOCHEMICALS FOR PEST CONTROL. ACS, WASHINGTON.
LENTEREN J.C. VAN 2003. QUALITY CONTROL AND PRODUCTION OF BIOLOGICAL CONTROL AGENTS: THEORY AND TESTING PROCEDURES. CABI PUBLISHING, USA.
LEONARD, G. 1996. CROP PROTECTION AGENTS FROM NATURE. ROYAL SOCIETY OF CHEMISTRY. LONDON.
PICKETT, C. 1998. ENHANCING BIOLOGICAL CONTROL. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA.
VINCENT C. - PANNETON B. 2001. PHYSICAL CONTROL METHODS IN PLANT PROTECTION. SPRINGER, NEW YORK.
WAJNBERG E. 1994. BIOLOGICAL CONTROL WITH EGG PARASITOIDS. CABI, UK.
Supplementary literature sources (recent Review articles) will be available during the course through e-class.
Mandatory, 1st Semester (Postgraduate)
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