Integrated Pest Management (ENTO4003)


The focus of this unit is the development and adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) within Australian agriculture. It builds on the knowledge gained in second year entomology (BScAgr and BHortSc) and is a core unit for the entomology specialty (BScAgr). Applied entomology deals with the control of insect pests and the use of beneficial insects. The biology of major pest (herbivores and disease vectors) and beneficial (predators, parasitoids, pollinators) insect groups is covered in depth. Students will compare the advantages and disadvantages of different pest control strategies and evaluate the importance of insect ecology, control methods and socio-economic factors to successful adoption of integrated pest management. Field trips will demonstrate the practical application of IPM concepts presented in lectures. Research, inquiry and information literacy skills will be improved through critical review of current literature and compilation of a case study. Students will practice their communication skills and develop personal and intellectual autonomy through a group project, in-class discussion and a self-directed insect collection.

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1x2hr lecture, 1x3hr practical/week, commencing week 1.


1x2hr exam (40%), 1 x case study (20%), 1 x group assignment (20%), 1 x insect collection (20%).


Required: Bailey, PT (Ed.) 2007. Pests of field crops and pastures. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic. 520 pp.
Recommended: Llewellyn, R. (Ed.) 2002. The Good Bug Book. 2nd edition, Australasian Biological Control, Richmond, NSW. 110 pp.
Pedigo, LP and Rice, ME. 2009. Entomology and Pest Management, 6th edn. Pearson Prentice Hall, 784 pp.

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ENTO2001 or BIOL2021 or BIOL2921

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