Semester: 2 / Spring
Lectures/Classes: 6 / 6 hours
Field of study: Plant Medicine
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Prerequisites: Botany, Chemistry, Zoology, Animal Physiology
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Short description: The aim of the course is to provide students general knowledge with the morphology, biology and significance of the most important groups of invertebrates regarding to their systematic and functional meaning. The morphology and anatomy of selected species and their adaptation and importance for man and the environment are studied. The implementation of those objectives allows determining harmfulness of herbivores or creates the possibility of using organisms as natural enemies of pests.
Full description: Biodiversity of herbivores, in particular arthropods, and their importance in nature. Basics of systematics (types and orders) and taxonomy - the criteria for determining their position and rules of nomenclature. Classification and morphology of nematodes, mites, insects – their anatomy and physiology, snails, rodents. The basic evolutionary processes and the development of these organisms. Biology of phytophagous and beneficial organisms. Diapause and other basic life processes of insects.
Bibliography: Handbook of Agricultural Entomology. Van Emden H.F., Wiley- Blackwell Publisher, 2013 Biological and Biotechnological Control of Insect Pests. , Rechcigl J.E., Rechcigl N.A., Lewis Publishers 2000. Integrated Pest Management Principles and Practice by Dharam P. Arbol and Uma Shankar (Eds.) CAB International 2012. Hajek A., Natural Enemies, An Introduction to Biological Control. Cambridge University Press, 378 pp. 2004.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge The student knows the taxonomic position of the most important groups of pests and beneficial organisms occurring in different ecosystems. He knows the criteria for classification. He has knowledge of the biodiversity of the natural environment. It has a basic knowledge of morphology, biology, ecology of the most important groups of pests. He knows their anatomy and has a knowledge of basic physiological processes occurring in the body of pests needed to understand the action of plant protection against them. Skills He can determine the taxonomic of animals, can maintain basic tools and resources to identify organisms, can specify the types of reproduction and development cycles of higher taxa, knows the overall role of the main groups of pests in nature, obtains information from literature, databases, able to interpret and draw own opinions Social competences The student understands the importance of basic information regarding the classification of pests and knowledge of the structure and functioning of organisms known to be harmful. It is aware of the need for further education and self-improvement in terms of occupation. Able to work individually and in a team
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Knowledge: Colloquium on tutorials, written exam Skills: Assessment of individual tasks to test and assess individual work in the classroom Social competence: Assessment of the effects of individual and team work, evaluation of the accuracy of selection arguments in relation to the basic principles of plant protection products as a consequence of environmental protection, the discussion in the classroom. Grade obtained at classes (50%) + grade obtained at lectures (50%).

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