AGECO/ENT 457 Course Syllabus
Principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the integrated study of pest complexes and their management, emphasizing ecological principles drawn from a range of agricultural, forestry, and urban systems. This course is designed for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-semester students and graduate students.
Dr. Ed Rajotte, Dept. of Entomology
508 ASI Bldg | (814) 863-4641 | email@example.com
Office hours: By appointment
Dr. Beth K. Gugino, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology
204 Buckhout Lab | (814) 865-7328 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: By appointment
Asifa Hameed, Dept. of Entomology
544 ASI Bldg | email@example.com
Office hours: By appointment
Class time: Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9:05-10:20 a.m.
Prerequisites: Two or more of the following: ENT 313, PPEM 405, PPEM 318, or HORT 238
There are two major goals of this course. One is to introduce students to the principles and practices of integrated pest management. This course addresses IPM issues concerning insects, plant diseases and weeds in agriculture, natural systems, and urban environments. Rooted in ecology, IPM also addresses the influence of human social, economic, and regulatory systems in pest management. The overarching goals of environmental protection, economic viability, and social welfare are considered throughout the course. The second goal is to apply IPM knowledge to real-world pest problems by interacting with pest managers in several different systems.
- To understand the basic tactics and tools of IPM, including biological, cultural, regulatory, mechanical and chemical/biopesticidal, pest monitoring, and decision making.
- To understand how IPM decisions are made.
- To learn about IPM program implementation, both domestically and internationally.
- To apply knowledge gained to solve actual pest management problems.
This course will be a mixture of lectures and presentations by outside speakers supplemented with field trips and team-based projects to provide real-world context for key concepts. The CANVAS course management system will be used to manage this course. Handouts, slides, and supplemental reading material will be made available on CANVAS.
Course credits: 3
Course Text: Norris, R.F., E.P. Caswell-Chen, and M. Kogan. 2003. Concepts in Integrated Pest Management. Prentice Hall.
|Group IPM project (70% report, 25% oral presentation, 5% group presentation)||25|
|Random quizzes (6-7)||15|
|Field trip attendace and reports (3 total)||15|
|Class attendance, discussion, and participation||5|
Letter grades will be assigned based on the points that you earn. Class participation, attendance, and other factors can be used to adjust your overall grade.
- Field trip reports and discussion. Following each of three field trips, students will be expected to complete a brief report that describes key IPM tactics observed, stakeholders, etc. Reports and observations will inform a post-field trip discussion.
- Semester-long team project. Students will form into approximately five teams tasked to complete a semester-long group IPM project. Project progress will be reported during the semester with a final presentation and report at the end of the semester.
|Rajotte||Chps. 18 (p. 471-473)-19|
|2||8/30||Diagnostics||Mazzone||Chp. 8 (p. 172-197); online reading|
|9/1||Preventative strategies||Rajotte/Gugino||Chps. 15-17; online reading|
|9/8||Disease ecology and epidemiology||Gugino||Chp. 5|
|4||9/13||Insect ecology; population dynamics, dispersion, and interactions||Rajotte||Chps. 2 (p. 15-17), 5 (p. 90-122)|
|9/15||Insects and diseases forecasting||Rajotte||Chp. 8 (P. 197-202); online reading|
|5||9/20||Biological control||Douglas||Chp. 13|
|9/22||Biotech in IPM||All-Student discussion|
|6||9/27||In-season disease mgt tools||Gugino||Chp. 11; online reading|
|9/29||Barriers to adoption||Miller-Foster||Online reading|
|7||10/4||Campus landscape IPM strategy||Dice|
|10/6||Campus field trip||All|
|8||10/11||Field trip discussion
Stakeholder ID and problem specification
|All: project report back|
Field trip report due
|9||10/18||IPM, pollination, and ecosystem services||Biddinger/Fleischer||Online reading|
|10||10/25||Literature review and strategy||All: project report back|
|10/27||Industry IPM perspective||Martin|
|11||11/1||Penn State Research Greenhouse IPM strategy||DiLoreto|
|11/3||PSU Greenhouses field trip||All|
|12||11/8||Field trip discussion
|11/10||Mushroom IPM||Pecchia||Online reading|
|13||11/15||MRC field trip
Greenhouse field trip report due
|11/17||MRC field trip discussion||Rajotte/Gugino|
|14||11/21-11/25 Thanksgiving Break|
|15||11/29||Student discussion of pest mgt balancing act
MRC field trip report due
|Rajotte||Supplemental readings to be assigned 11/15|
|16||12/6||Group IPM project presentations||All|
|12/8||Group IPM project presentations
Final reports due
|17||12/12-12/16 Final Exams Week|
Aug 30 Supplemental information about major pathogen groups (Bacteria, Fungi, Oomycetes)
Introduction to the Major Pathogen Groups
Plant Disease Diagnosis
Plant Disease Diagnosis
Sept 1 Plant Disease Management Strategies
Plant Disease Management Strategies
Sept 15 Plant Health Progress article
Cucurbit Downy Mildew ipmPIPE: A Next Generation Web-based Interactive Tool for Disease Management and Extension Outreach
The Use and Role of Predictive Systems in Disease Management. Annual Review of Phytopathology 51: 267-289.
Sept 29 PDF files of these three articles are available on CANVAS:
- Miller, M.J., M.J. Mariola, and D.O. Hansen. 2008. EARTH to farmers: Extension and the adoption of environmental technologies in the humid tropics of Costa Rica. Ecological Engineering 34: 349-357.
- Miller, M. and M.J. Mariola. 2009. The discontinuance of Environmental Technologies in the humid tropics of Costa Rica: Results from a qualitative survey. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education 16: 31-42.
- Rogers, E.M. 2003. Chapter 1: Elements of Diffusion in Elements of Diffusion, 5th ed. Free Press, New York, NY. pp. 1-38.
Oct 18 Journal article:
Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management - Adding a New Dimension to an Accepted Paradigm. Current Opinion in Insect Science DOI:10.1016/j.cois.2015.012
Nov 10 Mushroom Production
Six Steps to Mushroom Farming
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