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Ecostacking in Theory and Practise: a new approach to crop protection

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NOVA PhD course of 3 ECTS, organised by Dr. Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry.
Preliminary course dates and location: 2-6 Sept. 2019, in Helsinki, Finland.

The course is the first course to be offered in the course series Ecostacking: a new approach to crop protection scheduled for 2019-2021:

  • 2019: Ecostacking in Theory and Practise: a new approach to crop protection
    Preliminary course dates and location: 2.-6 Sept. 2019, in Helsinki, Finland
    Preliminary distance learning period: Aug. 2019
    University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry 
  • 2020: Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management IPPM
    Preliminary course dates and location: 7-11 Sept. 2019, in Alnarp, Sweden
    Preliminary distance learning period: Aug. 2020
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • 2021: The Nordic Dimension: Ecostacking in Arctic Agriculture
    Preliminary course dates and location: 6-10 Sept. 2021, at the Agricultural University of Iceland, Iceland
    Preliminary distance learning period: Aug. 2021
    Agricultural University of Iceland

Course Description
In accordance with the NOVA values, mission and vision, the PhD-course series “Ecostacking: a new approach to crop protection” focuses on sustainable use of natural resources and food production in the Nordic countries. The series consists of three individual courses, to be offered during three consecutive years at different NOVA-institutions: “Ecostacking in theory and practise: a new approach to crop protection” (2019, Finland, University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry), “Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management” (2020, Sweden, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), and “The Nordic Dimension: Ecostacking in Arctic Agriculture” (2021, Iceland Agricultural University of Iceland). Thematically these courses address all major aspects of stacking ecosystem services in an additiove or synergistic manner to maximise the benefits accruable from ecostacking.

Content
The course contents cover the newest developments in the theory of pest management, role of different levels of biodiversity (within species genetic diversity in crop plants; vegetation diversity within the field; diversity at the agroecosystem level) in controlling pests, diseases and weeds, mechanisms of key interactions including plant signaling and chemical communication, population dynamics of pests, diseases and weeds, and integration of agronomic and management measures to optimize pest control outcome in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner.

Programme Outline
The course builds upon pre-campus required readings, assigned by the main teachers, and a written exercise with focus on one key aspect, whichis then further developed during the course (50 h of independent work). The intensive course week contains lectures (15 h), seminars (10 h), and hands-on laboratory and/or field exercises (15 h).

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments
Required readings, assigned by the main teachers, and a written exercise with focus on one key aspect, which is then further developed during the course.

Learning Outcomes
After taking these courses, the students will have knowledge at the most advanced frontier of ecological interactions determining the effects of biotic diversity on pest management and ecosystem services. They will acquire the most advanced and specialised skills and techniques in this area of research, including synthesis and evaluation, required to solve problems, to innovate, and to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice of pest management and agricultural production systems. Students will be able to demonstrate substantial authority, innovation, autonomy, scholarly and professional integrity, and sustained commitment to the development of new ideas or processes at the forefront of work or study contexts, including research on integrated pest management.

Evaluation Elements
Oral exam at the end with focus on assessing the students' understanding of the key concepts, interactions, and techniques presented at the course.

Pedagogical Approach
Problem-based learning based on interactive processes including group work and hands-on experiences.

Estimated Workload

  • 10 hours seminar
  • 15 hours lecture
  • 50 hours independent work
  • 15 hours other

Prerequisite Knowledge
Advanced courses in applied entomology and crop protection.

Admission
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.

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(To be announced.)

Costs
No course fees will be chagred from NOVA-students and BOVA-students. Non-NOVA/BOVA students will have to pay 200 € course fee to the organiser. All students need to cover their travels to the course location, and accommodation costs (in Helsinki about 300€ per week at Unihome Pihlajamäki).

Published 31. July 2018 - 13:57 - Updated 9. August 2018 - 10:01

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