Course: Agricultural Acarology and Nematology

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Course title Agricultural Acarology and Nematology
Course code KROV/RAN
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Tonka Tomáš, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Acarology - morphology, anatomy and mite evolution; the most important groups of phytophagous mites, systematics, diagnostics and identification of mites; basic ecological characteristics of phytophagous and predatory mites; the most important types of phytophagous mites - diagnostics, meaning and protection; the most important types of saprophage mites - diagnostics, meaning and protection; the most important species of predatory mites used in biological plant protection - diagnostics, meaning and examples of use in programs of biological control and IPM. Nematology - morphology, anatomy and nematodes; systematics and diagnostics of nematodes; basics of nematode ecology; relation between phytophagous nematodes and plants, freely movable phytophagous nematodes, sedentary phytophagous root-knot nematodes and cyst nematodes; the most important phytopathogenic nematodes damaging crop plants; protection of agricultural crops and crops against phytophagous nematodes; entomoparasitic nematodes and their use in the biological control against pests.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing)
  • Preparation for credit - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 20 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquire basic knowledge of mites and nematodes in target agroecosystems and obtaine summary of the most important species harmful to field and garden crops.
Students are able to orientate in the field of mites and nematodes causing damage to crops.
Standard knowledge of zoology, biology and microbiology

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination

Active participation in exercises, protocols from laboratory exercises, student project, understanding the curriculum defined for the exam.
Recommended literature
  • Buchar et al.. Klíč k určování bezobratlých. Scientia, Praha, 1995, 285 s..
  • Malais, M., Ravensberg, W.J. Knowing and recognizing - the biology of glasshouse pests and their natural enemies. Koppert B.V., Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands, 1992, 109 s..
  • Perry R.N., Moens M.. Plant nematology. CABI Pub., Wallingford, 2006, UK ; 447 s..
  • Schwarz, A. a kol. Obrazový atlas chorob a škůdců zeleniny. Brno, Biocont laboratory, s. r. o., 320 s.. 1996.
  • Woolley T. A.:. Acarology - mites and human welfare. New York, Wiley Interscience, 1988, 484 s..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agricultural Biotechnology (2017) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agriculture Engineering (2014) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter