Biology and Control of Weeds, Pests and Diseases of Crops

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biology and Control of Weeds, Pests and Diseases of Crops

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture, Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Introduction to important aspects of weed biology relevant to crop production including dormancy, seeding, spread, germination and induced resistance. Identification of common weeds and plants and the use of plant identification guides and keys. Recognition of some of the most commonly encountered plant and weed families. Cultural and chemical control of weeds, use of selective and non-selective herbicides, pre and post-emergence use, residual and contact herbicide use etc.
    Overview of the biology and ecology of important invertebrate pests. The biology, life histories and identification of major pest groups. Study of the main types of pest damage caused, the nature and causes of pest outbreaks and the basic principles of prevention and control.
    The biology and control of key plant diseases including the biology, symptoms and signs, diagnosis and control of key pathogens of crops and plants. Introduction to the important fungal (bacterial and virus diseases) of field crops with laboratory-based diagnosis and identification of the principal causes of crop diseases using/showing macroscopic, microscopic and molecular techniques. Analysis of the impact of key fungal pathogens on yield and quality of field crops including explaining how plant pathogens build up to cause epidemics on field crops. Chemical, cultural and integrated methods for prevention and control of diseases. Focus on how pathogen resistance towards key fungicide chemistry can develop using recent relevant case studies.
    Understanding crop damage directly induced by environmental factors and damage caused by pests and pathogens.
    Chemical regulation of plant growth: the biology and mode of action of plant growth regulators (PGR); regulation of principal stages in the life cycle by endogenous and exogenous PGRs.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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