PSC424 Advanced Plant Protection (8)

In this subject the development and evaluation of integrated plant production protection programs for production systems for horticulture, broadacre cropping systems and pastures in Australia are addressed. Students will build on their pest knowledge from introductory plant protection subjects to develop integrated pest management plans. Students will also develop skills to evaluate the risks and economics of different management options, potential yield impacts and direct and indirect costs associated with different management options. Finally, students will investigate issues around biosecurity and regulation with respect to a part of the plant protection industry.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2020.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is restricted to students enrolled in the undergraduate or postgraduate Agriculture courses offered at CSU or upon approval of the Subject Convenor.

Assumed Knowledge

PSC221

Subject Relationships

PSC371 PSC424 will draw upon the more advanced concepts from PSC371, AGS301 and PSC201.
AGS301 PSC424 will draw upon the more advanced concepts from PSC371, AGS301 and PSC201.
PSC201 PSC424 will draw upon the more advanced concepts from PSC371, AGS301 and PSC201.

Incompatible Subjects

AGS301, PSC201, PSC371

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate monitoring techniques and use economic pest thresholds to determine potential yield loss;
  • be able to explain the application, economics, risks associated with key pest management approaches and their interaction with environmental factors and other management activities;
  • be able to evaluate a range of strategic and tactical pest management options;
  • be able to develop an integrated pest management plan;
  • be able to evaluate pesticide modes of action and recommend appropriate pesticides; and
  • be able to outline the Australia's approach to plant biosecurity and implications for management and research.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Diagnosing plant diseases and developing an IPM for control
  • Identifying invertebrate pests and developing an economically viable IPM program for control
  • Identifying weeds and developing an economically viable IPM program for control
  • Understanding and using chemicals for control of pests
  • Plant biosecurity in Australia

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school is compulsory for students as it strengthens the identification skills of different pests and relates them to the field conditions. The use of application equipment for pesticides is also an important aspect of this subject and it is required to do this hands on.

Travel to and accommodation at a CSU campus may be required for online students attending the compulsory residential school.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation at a CSU campus may be required for online students attending the compulsory residential school.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: January 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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