NPLK14015U Biological Control of Pests
MSc Programme in Sustainable Development in Agriculture (Agris
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Environmental Science
The course will include all four strategies for biological control of pests: classical, inoculation, inundation, and conservation. The major groups of organisms used in biological control will be presented: their ecology, life cycles, mechanisms of action etc. Organisms considered include predators, parasitoids, microorganisms, nematodes, vertebrates. Methods for isolation and selection of biological control organisms as well as application methods will be discussed. Also included are activity levels of biological control agents following application to the crop and release into the environment.
Natural regulation of pests
Commercially available biocontrol products and their use
Risk assessment of biological control organisms, legislation and BCA registration.
Ethical aspects and public acceptance.
Cases on practical application of biological control within agriculture, horticulture, forestry, husbandry, urban environment and other managed landscapes.
The students will perform and report a limited set of experiments related to biological control. The options may vay from year to year. Examples are:
* Characterization of biocontrol organisms
* Insect prey and insect predator interactions (behaviour etc)
* Natural occurrence of insect pathogenic fungi and nematodes
* Bio-assays using microorganisms for biological control
Discussion of experiments in relation to relevant literature will be included in the students' short reports.
* Describe and understand the strategies used in biological control
* Know and characterize the main types of organisms currently used for or of future potential for biological control
* Describe methods used for diagnostics, isolation, characterization, bio-assays and field experiments of relevance for biological control
* Ability to select an organism for biological control in a specified system
* Ability to select relevant methods to study the interactions between biocontrol organism, target host and environment
* Ability to analyse and decide about potential risks using biological control both in a specified system and in a more general context
* Ability to use scientific literature to discuss own data
* Ability to transfer the knowledge into other decision processes about multitrophic interactions of ecological relevance
* Ability to perform and analyse experimental work including two or three organisms
* Ability to transfer the knowledge into other decision processes involving cross diciplinary elements, for example: biology, managed systems, and ethics
Hajek, A., 2004: Natural enemies. Cambridge University Press. A
new edition is expected 2017 or 2018
Pdf copies of scientific articles
Manuals for experimental parts
Further information will be available on Absalon.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examination, 20 minThe exam will consist of individual 12 min oral presentation of main results and perspectives of parts of experimental work. Each student will thereafter be asked questions directly related to the presentation and questions related to the the overall curriculum of the course. No preparation time.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
Én intern bedømmer
Re-exams will be the same way as ordinary exams
Criteria for exam assesment
Grades are given based on overall fullfillment of course curriculum. See learning outcome
- Theory exercises
- Practical exercises