Integrated Control of Plant Pests

Integrated Control of Plant Pests

Type: Posgtgraduate course / Core course
Specialisation: Plant Sciences and Environment
Course coordinator: George D. Broufas
Semester: 1 (September – February)
ECTS: 7.5
Teaching Staff: G. Broufas,  M. Pappas and invited lecturers
Tel: +30 25520 41154 / 25520 41151

Working hours with students: upon request (via email)

Course description:
The course covers topics related to modern, environmental friendly methods and techniques used in animal pest (insects, mites and nematodes) control of economically important crops. Different methods of biological pest control, the theoretical background and the technical and economic aspects of ecological engineering as a tool of modern crop protection in agro-ecosystems are presented and analyzed. Furthermore, the course covers the development and interpretation of phenological forecasting models and their practical applications in plant protection. The use of selective plant protection products with lower toxicity to beneficial non-target organisms (predatory insects and mites and pollinators) is discussed in the context of integrated pest management.

Course webpage:
Course e-class:

Only registered users have access to the course material (lecture notes, course papers, announcements etc). The relevant material is available in the file “Documents” of each year’s User Group.

Course books*:
– Bigler F., Babendreier D. & Kuhlmann U. 2006. Environmental Impact of Invertebrates for Biological Control of Arthropods: methods and risk assessment. CABI Publishing, UK.
– Dent D. 2000. Insect Pest Management. CABI Publishing, UK.
– Gurr G.M. & Wratten S.D. 2004. Ecological Engineering for Pest Management: advances in habitat manipulation for arthropods. CABI Publishing, Australia.
*Additional literature sources are available to students through e-class.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of the course the students will be able to:
– understand the basic principles of biological control in different cropping systems
– identify the most important groups of biological control agents
– use protocols for the evaluation of the acute toxicity and persistence of certain plant protection products against biological control agents
– use ecological engineering as a tool to enhance efficiency of biological control agents in agricultural systems
– organize protocols for pest control in IPM and organic production systems

– Written exams at the end of the semester
– Literature review assignment
Final grade (1+2):
1. Written test: 7/10
2. Review assignment: weighing 3/10

Weekly course schedule
New trends in crop protection
Biological control in greenhouse crops
Ecological engineering in crop protection
Semiochemicals: chemical communication in insects and applications in crop protection
Behavioral control of insect pests: the use of trap crops in crop protection
Behavioral control of insect pests : the method of mating disruption in crop protection
Entomopathogenic microbes
Entomopathogenic nematodes
Non-indigenous biological control agents: risks for indigenous biodiversity
Day degree phenological models in crop protection
Quality control of mass reared biological control agents
Botanical insecticides: opportunities and prospects for their use in plant protection
The use of pesticides in integrated production systems

Literature review & oral presentation

Written exams