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Module

ACE3037 : Crop Pests Field Course

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Bilsborrow
  • Other Staff: Dr Ethan Hack, Mr Simon Parker
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To give students the opportunity to develop, with guidance
- familiarity with different kinds of pests
- skills in identifying animal pests, weeds, and diseases in the field
- experience in assessing factors affecting their impact
- exposure to leading farm businesses within the industry
- engagement with recognised experts within the arable industry
- potential to acquire understand current challenges in crop production
- an introduction to the fresh produce sector

Outline Of Syllabus

The Module takes the form of a two week intensive field course.
1. Diseases
- Diagnosis of diseases of agricultural and horticultural crops, weeds, and wild plants. Diversity of fungal pathogens.
- Quantitative assessment of disease severity as influenced by plant disease resistance and chemical control.
- Analysis of patterns of disease spread by dispersal of spores.
2. Weeds
- Identification of weeds in arable crops and grassland.
- Association of different weed species with different weed control programmes in conventional systems and lower-input, integrated systems.
3. Pests
- Identification of the major pests of arable crops
4. Managing a arable focused farming business
5. An introduction to the Fresh Produce sector

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable