COURSE CODE: CPT 302
COURSE TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO CROP PROTECTION
NUMBER OF UNITS: 3 UNITS
Pest and Disease definition. History of Plant Protection.
Insect morphology and economic importance. Common insect pests of agricultural crops. Other pests of economic importance- rodents, birds, molluscs, etc.
Characteristics of Disease agents- fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes. Common diseases of agricultural crops.
Parasitic plants. Common weds of agricultural crops.
Crop protection methods- cultural, biological, legislation (quarantine), hosp plant resistance, physical, chemical, integrated pest management.
Practicals: Observation, description and identification of insect pest activities on crops. Collection of insects and preparation of specimens for insect boxes. Visit to insect museum. Identification of fungi, bacterial, nematodes and viral diseases of arable and permanent crops. Chemical control of pests and diseases of agricultural cros. Pesticide application, dosage calculations.