The focus of this unit is the development and adoption of sustainable integrated pest management (IPM) within Australian (and global) agriculture. It builds on the knowledge gained in second year entomology (BScAgr) and is a core unit for the entomology specialtisation (BScAgr). Applied entomology deals with the sustainable control of insect pests using a variety of techniques such as biological control and habitat manipulation. 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 and in-class discussion.
One 2-hour lecture, one 3-hour practical per week, commencing week 1
One 2-hour exam (30%), one case study (30%), two consultancy reports (40%)
Recommended: Llewellyn, R. (Ed.) 2002. The Good Bug Book. 2nd edition, Australasian Biological Control, Richmond, NSW. 110 pp. Bailey, PT (Ed.) 2007. Pests of field crops and pastures. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Vic. 520 pp. Pedigo, LP and Rice, ME. 2009. Entomology and Pest Management, 6th edn. Pearson Prentice Hall, 784 pp.
ENTO2001 or BIOL2021 or BIOL2921