Integrated crop protection

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The biology of some common crop diseases (fungal, virus, bacterial), pests (insects, nematodes) and weeds is explained in this module, how they cause losses in crop yields in geographically diverse agricultural environments. It will describe the development of disease epidemics and pest outbreaks. The module will introduce the student to diagnostic methods (macroscopic, microscopic, immunological and molecular), including Koch’s postulates to identify and confirm the identity of the causal pest, pathogen or weed. It will discuss the relationships between macro and micro climate in relation to agronomic factors and epidemic development. The use of decision support systems to reduce the impact of pests, weeds and diseases will be included. Threats posed by invasive pests, weeds and pathogens will be considered, in relation to trade in plant products and climate change.

he course will include

  • The benefits and limitations of pesticide use, including strategies necessary to minimize the development of pesticide resistance
  • Cultural practices, biological control, pesticides and host resistance including plant breeding
  • The role of government policy in relationship to quarantine organisms
  • The importance of legislation in the development of new pesticides and their registration

The course will be run by crop protection specialists Drs Avice Hall, Ian Denholm and Keith Davies based at the University of Hertfordshire and Dr Jonathan Storkey based at Rothamsted Research.  

Why choose this course?

There is a global need to increase food security in a sustainable manner and crop pathogens, pests and weeds can reduce crop yields in the region of 25%, and on individual areas of land by 100 %. Their management in an environmentally benign manner is a key component of food security.

The course is suitable for?

 Those wishing to specialise in crop protection and seeking a greater knowledge of the practical issues regarding crop protection that face growers. Those already working in the industry and wish to continue their professional development (BASIS CPD points will be awarded to those attending).

Why choose this course?

The biology of some common crop diseases (fungal, virus, bacterial), pests (insects, nematodes) and weeds is explained in this module, how they cause losses in crop yields in geographically diverse agricultural environments.

Dates

2019

Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
14/05/202016/05/2020Thur to Sat 9-5£360Apply online

Course fees

£360