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Modern IPM in Greenhouses

NOVA PhD course of 3 ECTS, organised by Gudmundur Halldorsson, Agricultural University of Iceland (LBHI).
Dates and location: 4-9 Sept. 2016 at Hvanneyri, Iceland.

The course is the second course in the NOVA PhD course series "Biodiversity and Integrated Pest Management". Updated list of the four courses in the series: Biodiversity Based IPM in Field Crops (2015, Sweden/SLU), Modern IPM in Greenhouses (2016, Iceland /LBHI), Stacking Biodiversity Benefits for Sustainable IPM (2017, Denmark/KU-SCIENCE) and Pollinators within IPM Strategies for Agriculture (postponed to 2018, Finland/HU-AF).

Course Description
The present course will give a general description of IPM principles for the greenhouse environment and biocontrol in the greenhouses. Students will also learn about different approaches for disease and pest management in greenhouses, such as using pollinating insects as vectors to spread a substance used in the biocontrol of pests and new approaches aphid control in greenhouses (nanotechnology). Alternative pollinators and vectors for the greenhouse and chemical communication in the greenhouse environment will also be outlined. Students will be provided with hands-on experience of biocontrol in greenhouses through field visits and discussions with growers. Finally, students will participate in a symposium on integrated pest management in greenhouses. This symposium will be held in cooperation with the the association of horticultural farmers in Iceland.

Programme Outline

  • Sunday, Sept. 4.: Arrival: welcome of the participants and teachers
  • Monday, Sept. 5.: Lectures
  • Tuesday, Sept. 6.: Lectures, preparations for excursion
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7.: Excursion
  • Thursday, Sept. 8.: Students group work/exercises. Student presentations
  • Friday, Sept. 9.: NJF Seminar “Integrated Pest Management in Greenhouses”. Departure

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments
Pre-/post-campus assignments will be issued later.

Learning Outcomes
After taking this course, the students will have knowledge at the advanced frontier of ecological interactions determining the effects of biotic diversity on pest management and ecosystem services, and at the interface between the various levels of biodiversity. In addition, they will acquire the most advanced skills and techniques within this area of research, required to solve critical problems. Further they will be able to assess innovations, and to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice of pest management and agricultural production systems. After finishing this course, students will be able to demonstrate substantial authority, innovation, scholarly and professional integrity, and commitment to the research and development of new ideas on IPM.

Evaluation Elements
The learning outcomes will be assessed by oral and written examinations at the end of the course, and by performance at seminar presentations and in laboratory and field exercises.

Pedagogical Approach
The objectives of the course is to provide each participating student with the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary for addressing the challenges in developing integrated pest management for the Nordic countries, as required by the IPM Directive of the European Union. These will be provided by in-depth lectures by leading Nordic and European experts in the specific topics, via hands-on laboratory and field exercises, pre- and post-campus assignments (including required preparatory readings), and seminar/workshop sessions.

Estimated Workload

  • 10 hours seminar
  • 15 hours lecture
  • 45 hours independent work
  • 20 hours other: hands-on experimental work in the laboratory and in the greenhouse

Prerequisite Knowledge
Pre-required knowledge in general is acceptance to a PhD-program in a topic of relevance to the course main theme. Advanced MSc students may participate in exceptional cases and upon supervisor endorsement.

Admission for NOVA courses is handled by the course organiser/ the NOVA member institution organising the course. Please see the links in the margin for more information.

Admission 'rules':
PhD-students specialising on plant protection/entomology at NOVA Partner Units have priority and are eligible for full NOVA support. If the number of eligible students exceeds the number that can be accepted (20), max 5 students from the same country will be accepted. If choices need to be made, the professor responsible for our PhD-program in each country shall make the decision of acceptance, based on student's motivation letter (can be collected if necessary). If space at the course allows, other PhD-students, or advanced MSc-students from related subjects can be accepted, case-by-case selection by the course leader (upon consultation with other program leaders).

Published 8. January 2016 - 15:06 - Updated 5. April 2016 - 11:16