In this unit we study the principles behind the management of agricultural pest insects, weeds and diseases. The unit includes modules on (1) Biosecurity, (2) Weeds, (3) Pest & disease monitoring and decision making, (4) Chemicals in crop protection,(5) Cultural control and host plant resistance, (6) Biological control, and (7) Integrated pest and disease management. This unit, and related units of pest and disease biology, together prepare graduates to manage plant pests, disease and weed risks in agricultural and horticultural vocations, and understand the implications of this management for the broader community.
|Unit name||Crop Protection and Biosecurity|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
|Discipline||Agriculture and Food Systems|
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Kara Barry|
|Teaching staff||Associate Professor Alistair Gracie|Associate Professor Geoff Allen|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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- Apply weed science to identify and manage weeds in pasture and cropping systems.
- Determine appropriate pesticide handling and biosecurity practices using Australian crop protection regulations.
- Plan effective integrated pest and disease management systems using chemical, cultural, biological and host resistance controls.
- Evaluate factors affecting sustainable implementation of integrated pest and disease management in agricultural systems.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
- Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
- HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
- FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4
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2 x 50 min lectures per week; 1 x 3 hr practical per week
|Assessment||Biosecurity activity (5%)|Final exam (30%)|Pesticide test (17.5%)|Herbicide report (22.5%)|Weed ID and weed collection (25%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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