PLANT PROTECTION IN ORGANIC FARMING

Course ID: POS-SE>OCHREKOL
Course title: PLANT PROTECTION IN ORGANIC FARMING
Semester: 3 / Spring
ECTS: 4
Lectures/Classes: 15 / 30 hours
Field of study: Environmental Protection
Study cycle: 2nd cycle
Type of course: optional
Prerequisites:
Contact person: Twardowski Jacek jacek.twardowski@up.wroc.pl
Short description: As a part of the course the issues concerning plant protection in organic farming against diseases, pests and weeds will be discussed.
Full description: Prevention in plant protection. The meaning of crop rotation and agricultural practices to control the number of individual agrophages. Non-chemical methods to control agrophages in crops. Pollinators in organic farms. The sources of weed infestation. Weeds as a part of agrophytocenosis and the element of biodiversity.
Bibliography: 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 Student knows the rules of organic farm management as well as the law regulations on agricultural practices for the most popular crops in organic system. Student has knowledge on control the number of agrophages with the use of methods allowed in organic production (biological, mechanical, physical). Skills Student has skills to select methods permitted in organic crop production to control the number of pathogens, pests and weeds. Student is able to plan the effective plant protection against agrophages with no risk in economic losses. Social competences Student understand organic method as the system focused on environmental protection. Student uses owned knowledge to promote others than chemical methods to protect crops.
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: grade obtained at classes (50%) + grade obtained at lectures (50%)

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