Grapevine Protection (2020/2021)

Course code
4S02740
Credits
12
Coordinator
Annalisa Polverari
Teaching is organised as follows:
Unit Credits Academic sector Period Academic staff
ENTOMOLOGIA 3 AGR/11-GENERAL AND APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY II semestre Nicola Mori
PATOLOGIA 9 AGR/12-PLANT PATHOLOGY See the unit page See the unit page

Learning outcomes

The aim of the course of Entomology is to provide knowledge on the biology of the main arthropods harmful to grapevine, their interactions with the plant and the control methods. Particular attention will be given to biotechnologies applied to pest management and to biological and integrated control. At the end of the course, the student will have to demonstrate the ability to know and recognize the grapevine biotic diseases and develop a rational and environmentally friendly tools to control the harmful arthropods. Students will acquire basic knowledge about plant-pathogen interactions, pathogenicity and virulence mechanisms, and plant responses to pathogens. At the end of the Course, students will have specific competences on diagnosis, prevention and therapy of grapevine diseases, according to modern measures of crop management and environment protection.

Syllabus

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Arthropods characteristics and classification . Morphology, physiology and ethology of insects and mites harmful to grapevine. Nervous, digestive, respiratory, circulatory, reproductive, excretory and endocrine systems. Reproduction and cycle development. Population dynamic: biotic potential and environmental resistance. relationship between insects and other organisms: viruses and phytoplasmas transmission. Insect: Classification, biology, damage and control of the main grapevine pests (e.g. moths, phylloxera, leafhoppers, scales and thrips). Grape’s minor pests. Mites and Nematodes: Grape mites and nematodes, biology, ecology and damages. Pest management: Damage threshold. Chemical control and insects management. Insecticides: general information, mode of action, selectivity and phytotoxicity. Pest resistance management and man-made pests. Biological and integrated pest control. Cultural and mechanical control. Biotechnologies in pest management: pheromones definition and application, mass trapping, RNAi, sterile male technique. The knowledge will be developed with lectures, laboratory activities and personal study on the texts and on the material presented in class that will be available in the Library and/or uploaded to e-learning platform. Moreover, throughout the academic year, the individual reception service will be available (by specific appointment). Attending students will receive in the first lesson the complete timetables of teaching activities with the dates and topics discussed in the lessons
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Assessment methods and criteria

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The exam will be made in oral form for both attending students and non-attending students. Under health emergency, this oral mode can be changed in remote telematics one. The attendance at the practice exercises is mandatory in order to be eligible to do the exam. The exam will assess the degree of knowledge on the topics presented during the lectures. The knowledge and the ability to connect knowledge in a systemic and critical way will also be evaluated. The final evaluation is expressed in thirtieths. To determine the overall grade of the exam, the weighted average of the votes obtained in the two modules will be calculated.
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Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Belli Giuseppe Elementi di Patologia vegetale Piccin-Nuova Libraria 2015
Agrios G.N. Plant Pathology (Edizione 4) Harcourt Academic Press 1997 0120445646
N.J. Bostanian, C. Vincent Arthropod management in Vineyards: Pests, Approaches and Future Directions Springer 2012
E. Tremblay Entomologia Applicata Vol. I Generalità e mezzi di controllo Liguori 2003
A. Lucchi Note di Entomologia Viticola Ed. Pisa University 2016