PNS0231 Aphids as crop pests, 4.5 Credits
Subjects Biology Agricultural Science
No Level Indicated
Pass / Failed
The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.
Admitted to PhD studies at SLU
The course was developed for PhD students interested in ecology, agronomy and plant protection. It is based on a series of seminars covering a broad range of topics related to aphids and activities of relevance in the field. The course includes in total 16 seminars prepared by the students.
•The course provide advanced knowledge in the biology of aphids, the various methods of controlling them and the progress of integrated pest management.
•The course present recent advances in plant insect interactions with emphasis on those affecting the aphid management.
•The course provide practice in oral presentation, argumentation and discussion and foster appreciation for diverse views.
•The course provide practice in putting theory and general concepts into the context of the student’s own work and vice versa.
Expected learning outcomes
•The student should be able summarize, present and discuss on a topic area.
•The student need to produce a power point presentation and present assigned topic in clear and structured way.
•The student should demonstrate ability to link theory to his or her own research.
•The student should gain understanding of aphid behavior and damages they made on crops.
•The student should be able build familiarity with interpretation and analysis of aphid population development in different agricultural systems.
•The student should gain knowledge of methods for implementation of sustainable aphid management in agricultural ecosystems.
The course includes four seminars for each PhD student, in total 16 seminars. To prepare oral presentation students have to read a book chapter and to provide a power point presentation that requires half a week of preparation and one week to read the rest of the literature when other participants present their chapter content. An important part of the course is that the topics discussed during the course has a clear link to the students’ PhD projects.
Formats and requirements for examination
Examination was based on:
a) Active participation in the discussions, preparation of questions, presentation of assigned topic and the provision of feedback during discussions.
b) The student must attend and participate at all seminars to pass.
c) Complete all assigned topics
d) Grades: Pass/ Not pass (G/U)
Department of Ecology