Integrated Pest Management

Module summary

Module code: AGRI1039
Level: 7
Credits: 30
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Natural Resources Institute
Module Coordinator(s): Richard Hopkins

Specification

Aims

• To provide understanding of pest activity within production systems;
• To provide a knowledge and understanding of the evolution of approaches and attitudes to crop protection in a range of production systems;
• To provide experience in practical and analytical problem solving relevant to pest management;
• To develop skills in the formulation of pest management strategies under different social, economic and agronomic production regimes and to develop decision-making skills.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Reflect on the relationship between agricultural intensification and the development of the need for integrated approaches to crop protection in at least two production systems.
2. Critically appreciate the importance of crop protection and a subset of crop production systems for different types of farmer.
3. Characterise the major components of pest management strategies and compare their relative merits for different pests and crops.
4. Critically reflect on the concept of IPM by reference to case material from developing country examples and explain the causes of success and failure in particular cases (including technical and socio-economic factors).

Indicative content

• What is IPM and why it is important.
• What are the components of an IPM system and how do they fit together.
• Examples of the application of an IPM system.