Pesticide Use, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the Environment

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Pesticide Use, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the Environment

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture, Environmental Science

  • 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

    This module examines the pest management concept as an alternative to more traditional approaches to pest control that are heavily reliant on pesticide use. The module covers the following topics:
    i. A review of population control theory, and the nature and causes of pest population out breaks in agro-ecosystems.
    ii. A review of past pest control strategies and the reasons for the failure of exclusively pesticide based systems using cotton as a case study.
    iii. The concepts, aims and differences between Integrated Pest Control (IPM) and Rational (Supervised) Pest Control.
    iv. The concept and practical evaluation of pest control thresholds; the development of pest monitoring systems, pest forecasting and delivery of practical pest control advice using case studies from Irish, UK and European arable agriculture.
    v. Non-pesticide approaches; biological control using vertebrate, invertebrate and microbial control agents; biological control strategies in different cropping circumstances; classical, augmentative, and inundative techniques; practical production of natural control agents; ecology of natural beneficial pest control agents in Irish crops; crop management for the conservation of natural pest control agents.
    vi. Integration of pest control strategies (chemical, biological, cultural, legislative) in different crop production systems.

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.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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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