Course: Applied Plant Health Care Zoology

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Course title Applied Plant Health Care Zoology
Course code KROV/SRZ
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Tonka Tomáš, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Basic ecology of insect pests, mites and phytophagous nematodes - role and function in agroecosystems, abiotic and biotic factors - interspecific and intraspecifi competions, insect population dynamics - population attributes, biotic potential. Gradation of pests - course and factors affecting gradations. Prognosis and signalization methods of pests. Soil cultivation, crop station, plant nutrition, plant breeding and plant resistance against pests in control of important insect pests, phytophagous mites and nematodes. Biological control - macroorganisms and microorganisms, methodology of biological control, strategies in biological control, biorational methods - semichemicals, insect hormone analogues, chitin synthesis inhibitors. Genetic control methods - sterile insect technique, induced resistance. Physical and mechanical control method against pests.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Demonstration
  • Class attendance - 52 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 48 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 30 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course is focused on the basic principles of ecology of plant pests. Lectures and laboratory excercises give the students an overview of pest control methods used in plant protection against key pests and informations on factors affecting population ecology of pests and insects, respectively.
Students will be introduced in methods of insect pest control, with factors influencing the population ecology of pests and knowledges of insect ecology in plant protection. After the course the graduates will be able to decide whether or not to use protective actions and to what extent they will apply to harmful agents.
Prerequisites
Standard knowledge of biology from secondary school

Assessment methods and criteria
Combined exam

Exercises, lessons and exam.
Recommended literature
  • Dent, D. Insect Pest Management. Wallington, CAB International, UK, 2000, 432 s..
  • Gullan, P.J., Cranston, P.S. The Insects. An Outline of Entomology. 5th ed.. John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
  • Helyer N., Cattlin N.D., Brown K.C. Biological control in plant protection. 2nd ed.. CRC Press, 2014.
  • Schowalter T.D. Insect Ecology. An Ecosystem Approach. 3rd ed.. Elsevier Inc., 2011.
  • Šefrová H. Rostlinolékařská entomologie. Konvoj Brno, 2006.


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: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agriculture (2014) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agriculture (2013) Category: Agriculture and forestry 2 Recommended year of study:2, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture Study plan (Version): Agriculture Engineering (2014) Category: Agriculture and forestry 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer