Module Identifier RS35810  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Peter Jenkins  
Semester Semester 2  
Assessment Assignment     30%  
  Exam   2 Hours   70%  

Aims of the module

To examine the principles that underlie the management of diseases, pests and weeds and to provide a framework for the development of control strategies in crop production.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this modules, students will be able to:

i) assess disease, pest and weed severity and estimate effects on yield;

ii) understand the genetic basis for disease resistance and the potential for exploiting resistance;

iii) evaluate integrated strategies for disease, pest and weed control.

Syllabus / Curriculum design

The lectures deal with the broad areas of disease, pest and weed management: disease development and basic epidemiology; disease/yield loss relationships; plant disease resistance and its exploitation; disease management strategies - integration of cultural, chemical, physical and plant resistance approaches; pests and the damage they cause, pest management strategies, including biological control; weed competition; weed biology - strategies for reproduction, spread, survival and competitive ability; herbicide use; non-chemical approaches to weed control; chemical application technology. The practicals consider disease assessment techniques and weed identification.

Reading Lists

Lucas J A. (1998) Plant pathology and plant pathogens. Blackwell Science
Maloy O C. (1993) Plant disease control: principles and practice. Wiley and Sons
van Emden H F. (1992) Pest control. New Studies in Biology. 2nd.