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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 Paul Egan, senior researcher, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Course dates and location: 2-6 Sept. 2019, in Kuopio, Finland.
The course is CANCELLED.

 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
    Course dates and location: 2.-6 Sept. 2019, in Kuopio, 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
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 and beyond.  

This introductory course covers the newest developments in the theory of pest management: the role of different levels of biodiversity (within-species genetic diversity in crop plants, within-field vegetation diversity, and 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.

Upon taking the course, students will have gained knowledge and experience at the frontier of ecological interactions determining the effects of biotic diversity on pest management and ecosystem services.

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. The intensive course week contains lectures, seminars, and hands-on laboratory and/or field exercises.

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-oriented learning
  • positive feedback and learning within study groups
  • hands-on training of key concepts in the lab and in the field

Estimated Workload

  • 15 hours seminar
  • 15 hours lecture
  • 45 hours independent work
  • 15 hours lab and field work

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Basic or advanced courses in applied entomology, crop protection, and ecology.
  • MSc students may participate in exceptional cases and upon supervisor endorsement.

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.

Apply here

 

Costs
No course fees will be charged 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.

 

*Please note that the organising of the courses scheduled for 2020-2021 will be dependent on the student evaluations of previous courses within the series, as well as the yearly NOVA course budget.
NB! At a board meeting on 3 June 2019, the NOVA Board decided that a new version of NOVA should be implemented from 2020. In 2020, no courses in NOVA course series will be held due to the reorganisation of the NOVA collaboration from 2020. Please find more information on the process here.

Published 31. July 2018 - 13:57 - Updated 22. August 2019 - 8:28