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AGRI5505 Integrated Pest Management - Practical

Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a decision system with an economic basis used to limit the damage caused by pests (weeds, diseases and insects). This unit explores the practical and paddock-scale approach to development and deployment of IPM tactics for shorter-term (1-2 seasons) pest problems. The unit highlights examples and reasons for successful and failed pest management approaches, underlying economic implications, as well as short- and long-term consequences of pest management decisions. Additionally, different practical approaches to IPM are highlighted, including various combinations of chemical (mode of action grouping, application methods, pesticide resistance evolution detailed), cultural, physical, biological, and genetic (e.g. host plant resistance) options, and feature situations where different options have most or least to offer in terms of practical IPM. This unit aims to provide a clear understanding of the knowledge required to produce and implement practical IPM plans, including monitoring methods for early detection; assessing damage and losses; economics of practical pest control; usefulness of different pest control options; and awareness of unintended consequences. It is ideally suited to students with interests in applied crop protection and also highly relevant to students with interests in crop and/or animal (i.e., feed-base) production systems, but also those with a broader interest in food security and natural resource management.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the diverse practical pest control methods along with their varying advantages and disadvantages in different production systems; (2) explain the economic, environmental and societal costs of major pest species, and the major pest control methods; (3) identify the major practical techniques used for pest monitoring and surveillance; and (4) identify, compare and evaluate practical pest management tactics, beyond pest control methods.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial presentation; (2) integrated pest management plan; and (3) presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Hugh Beckie
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Course Enrolment 72510 Master of Agricultural Science (ID 164)
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
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