Type: Posgtgraduate course / Elective
Specialisation: Plant Sciences and Environment
Course coordinator: Maria L. Pappas
Teaching Staff: M. Pappas, G. Broufas and invited lecturers
E-mail: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: +30 25520 41151 / 25520 41154
Working hours with students: upon request (via email)
The course covers topics on the ecology and evolution of insect – plant interactions such as the ways plants recognize herbivores and defend themselves against them, with particular emphasis on mechanisms of plant resistance to herbivory. Furthermore, it covers the ways beneficial insects (pollinators and natural enemies) are attracted to plants. The ecological and evolutionary implications of insect-plant coevolution are analyzed through the presentation of significant case studies (case studies). The ecological effects of insect – plant interactions are studied at the community level. Finally, reference is made to the applied aspects of studies on insect – plant interactions in plant protection.
Course webpage: http://pms.agro.duth.gr/index.files/PACRO05_COURSE.htm
Course e-class: https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OPE01193/
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.
– L.M. Schoonhoven, J.J.A. van Loon & M. Dicke (2005) Insect-Plant Biology. Oxford University Press. 421 p.
– Α. Schaller (2010) Induced Plant Resistance to Herbivory. Springer. Berlin. 462 p.
– Voelckel C. & G. Jander (2014) Insect-Plant Interactions. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
*Additional literature sources are available to students through e-class.
Upon successful completion of the course the students will be able to understand:
– the basic principles underlying insect – plant interactions
– the effects of insect – plant interactions at the organism and population level
– the practical implications of these effects and the ways they can be applied in plant protection
– 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 Week Topic Staff
Introduction to insect-plant interactions, importance, general definitions.
Plant characteristics that shape insect – plant relationships (chemical traits)
Plant characteristics that shape insect – plant relationships (morphological traits)
Plants as insect food source (nutrients, utilization, symbiotic microorganisms)
Host plant selection by herbivores
Plant defense against herbivores (I)
Plant defense against herbivores (II)
Ecology of insect-plant interactions
Evolution of insect-plant interactions
Beneficial insects (pollinators, natural enemies) in insect-plant interactions
Experimental protocols in insect-plant interactions studies (I)
Experimental protocols in insect-plant interactions studies (II)
Applied aspects of insect-plant interactions studies
Literature review & oral presentation
Type: Graduate course / Elective course
Division: Plant Science and Environment
Coordinator: Christos Damalas
Instructors: Christos Damalas / Spyridon Koutroubas
Telephone: 25520 41116 / 25520 41125
Cooperation with students: after contact (via email)
Physiological processes that determinate yield performance of crops. Canopy architecture, leaf area index, and light efficiency use. Crop physiology, yield components, and yield determinants. Weed-crop competition. Chemical and alternative methods of weed control. Dry matter production and accumulation of nutrients. Translocation of assimilates.
Production and consumption centers of assimilates (sink-source relationships). Water use efficiency and resistance mechanisms of plants to water stress.
(The following titles are offered by the library of our Department)
- Weiss E.A. (2000): Oilseed Crops, 2nd edn. Blackwell Science, London,
- Bavec F. and M. Bavec. (2006): Organic Production and Use of Alternative Crops, CRC Press, London,
- Gunstone F.D. (2004): Rapeseed and canola oil: Production, Processing, Properties and Uses, CRC Press, London,
Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:
- Recommend appropriate management approaches for increasing productivity and improving economic efficiency of crops
- Written / oral exams at the end of the semester
Tentative schedule of classes for the course ‘Crop Physiology’
|1st||Introduction. Physiological processes that determinate yield performance of field crops||S. Koutroubas C. Damalas|
|2nd||Effect of canopy architecture on yield of field crops||S. Koutroubas|
|3rd||Crop physiology, yield components, and yield formation||C. Damalas|
|4th||Redistribution of assimilates and nutrients. Relationships between centers of production and consumption of assimilates (source-sink theory)||S. Koutroubas|
|5th||Grain yield formation in field crops: case studies||S. Koutroubas|
|6th||Simulation models of grain filling in major field crops||S. Koutroubas|
|7th||Effect of climate change on growth, development and yield of crops||C. Damalas|
|8th||Mechanisms of adaptation of crops to abiotic stress conditions||C. Damalas|
|9th||The role of plant nutrition in crop yield formation. Inorganic and organic fertilization||S. Koutroubas|
|10th||Physiology of nitrogen fixation by legumes plants. Methods of quantitative evaluation||S. Koutroubas|
|11th||Sustainable cropping systems in major fields crops||C. Damalas|
|12th||Influence of long term monocropping on crop yield and agroecosystems’ traits||C. Damalas|
|13th||Influence of weed competition on crop yield. Methods of quantitative evaluation||C. Damalas|