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Effective: Summer 2014

Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
12 hours lecture total per quarter. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Understand the risks of pesticides.
  • Integrate pest management controls.
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:
  1. analyze the environmental & economic conditions that have led to pest problems.
  2. explain environmental modifications that can be used to reduce or eliminate insect pest problems.
  3. integrate pest management controls (tools & techniques.)
  4. utilize monitoring, sampling methods, and protocols for decision making.
  5. examine selection criteria and formulate an IPM / EBPM program.
  6. discuss health issues with pesticide use including degradation, risk versus hazards, reduction of risk, and reduction of pesticide impacts on non-target organisms.
  7. communicate with clients and educate them on the benefits and shortcomings of an IPM program.
  8. 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) -
  1. Insect pest management (ecological and economic foundation)
    1. Insect pest biology and identification
    2. Insect population growth and natural control factors
    3. Equilibrium level
    4. Carrying capacity, economic injury level, and economic threshold
    5. Equilibrium population density
    6. R and K strategies
  2. Insect control strategies in the environment
    1. Chemical control
    2. Integrated Insect Pest Management (IPM)
    3. Ecologically Based Pest Management (EBPM)
    4. Pesticide resistance monitoring techniques
  3. Integration of insect control techniques and tools
    1. Environmental modifications (cultural practices)
    2. Biological control agents (parasitoids and predators)
    3. Synthetic chemical pesticides
    4. Microbial pesticides
    5. Transgenic plants
    6. Mechanical and physical controls
    7. Cost benefit analysis
  4. Insect pest monitoring
    1. Sampling and recording methods
    2. Use of monitoring data and statistical concepts to make IPM decisions
    3. Use of predictive tools in IPM
  5. Design and implementation of IPM and EBPM programs
    1. Planning
    2. Implementing the programs
    3. Health and biological concerns
  6. Risk management in pest management programs
    1. Strategy based
    2. Input based
    3. Regulatory framework
    4. Risk vs. hazard analysis
  7. Communication with clients
    1. Control action thresholds
    2. Client expectations
    3. Program evaluation and refurbishment
  8. Cross-cultural communication
    1. Language skills
    2. Non-language related
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Student will complete a written and/or practical skills test(s).
  2. 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 -
  1. Lecture presentations on Sustainable IPM.
  2. Slide or Web presentations which assist in the identification of pests and diseases.
  3. 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 -
  1. Reading assignments include approximately 10 to 20 pages from the text(s) and/or handouts.
  2. Web research of practices related to Sustainable IPM.
  3. Insect, pest, and disease collection samples by the student to be gathered in the field and brought to class for examination and diagnosis.