There are many human activities in natural systems where success relies on the management of pest insect, plant, and vertebrate species. Agriculture is perhaps the most obvious endeavour in which pests can cause massive environmental and economic damage if not managed effectively (e.g. weeds). In this unit the taxonomy, functional anatomy and morphology of pest species will be introduced, particularly insects which collectively form the most problematic pest group. The ecology of pest species, particularly as related to their management, will be explored, especially in the context of chemical and biological methods of population control. Integrated pest management and modern control strategies will be discussed as the contemporary best-practice solution to pest management.
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Prerequisites: BIOL11099 Living Systems OR BIOL12110 Agricultural Production Systems
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