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|Description - |
|Advanced topics in sustainability build on core IPM practices. Class provides additional techniques for managing specific insects, diseases, and weeds using a multi-faceted approach to pest management. Theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability are presented within the framework of specific landscape situations.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- analyze the environmental & economic conditions that have led to pest problems.
- explain environmental modifications that can be used to reduce or eliminate insect pest problems.
- integrate pest management controls (tools & techniques.)
- utilize monitoring, sampling methods, and protocols for decision making.
- examine selection criteria and formulate an IPM / EBPM program.
- discuss health issues with pesticide use including degradation, risk versus hazards, reduction of risk, and reduction of pesticide impacts on non-target organisms.
- communicate with clients and educate them on the benefits and shortcomings of an IPM program.
- communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|Horticultural laboratory with compound and dissecting microscopes, multi-media projection system, and other related horticultural facilities and equipment. Students provide a 10X loupe, work boots, leather gloves, and clothing for field work. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Insect pest management (ecological and economic foundation)
- Insect pest biology and identification
- Insect population growth and natural control factors
- Equilibrium level
- Carrying capacity, economic injury level, and economic threshold
- Equilibrium population density
- R and K strategies
- Insect control strategies in the environment
- Chemical control
- Integrated Insect Pest Management (IPM)
- Ecologically Based Pest Management (EBPM)
- Pesticide resistance monitoring techniques
- Integration of insect control techniques and tools
- Environmental modifications (cultural practices)
- Biological control agents (parasitoids and predators)
- Synthetic chemical pesticides
- Microbial pesticides
- Transgenic plants
- Mechanical and physical controls
- Cost benefit analysis
- Insect pest monitoring
- Sampling and recording methods
- Use of monitoring data and statistical concepts to make IPM decisions
- Use of predictive tools in IPM
- Design and implementation of IPM and EBPM programs
- Implementing the programs
- Health and biological concerns
- Risk management in pest management programs
- Strategy based
- Input based
- Regulatory framework
- Risk vs. hazard analysis
- Communication with clients
- Control action thresholds
- Client expectations
- Program evaluation and refurbishment
- Cross-cultural communication
- Language skills
- Non-language related
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Student will complete a written and/or practical skills test(s).
- Documented active participation which furthers understanding of pest management theory and applied skills.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Radcliffe, Edward B. Integrated Pest Management: Concepts, Tactics, Strategies, and Case Studies, Cambridge University Press, 2012. |
California Statewide Integrated Insect Pest Management Program publications. UC Berkeley, CA, 2006.
|Disciplines - |
|Ornamental Horticulture |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations on Sustainable IPM.
- Slide or Web presentations which assist in the identification of pests and diseases.
- Group discussion of Sustainable IPM practices as they pertain to today's environment.
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading assignments include approximately 10 to 20 pages from the text(s) and/or handouts.
- Web research of practices related to Sustainable IPM.
- Insect, pest, and disease collection samples by the student to be gathered in the field and brought to class for examination and diagnosis.