Integrated Pest Management (ENT 530)


Course Syllabus


                                                        Instructor:  G. C. Brown

                        Office Hours:  123 Dimock Bldg, MWF 11:00AM - 12:00 PM


                                        Class Meeting Time: MWF ‑ 8:00‑8:50 AM

                                        Final Exam: 8:00 AM, Monday, May 1, 2006


Text:  Norris, R. F., E. P. Caswell-Chen, M. Kogan.  2002.  Concepts in Integrated Pest Management.  Prentice Hall.  Upper Saddle River, NJ.  Order On-line.  ISBN: 0-13-087016-1.



Grading:       Hour Exams (3)         60%                          A:  85 – 100

Final Exam                 20%                          B:  75 – 84

Term Paper                20%                          C:  65 – 74

100%                         D:  55 – 64



                                    TERM PAPER DUE MONDAY APRIL 10, 2006


Course Policies:  CHEATING - Get caught cheating on any test and you flunk the course.  PLAGIARISM - Minimum penalty is a zero grade on the term paper, maximum penalty is course failure.  If the offense is connected with another student's paper, penalty is assessed against both students.  ATTENDANCE – Attendance is noted, you cannot miss a significant number of lectures and expect a decent grade.  Course attendance is taken into account for those judgment calls at grade assignment time.  If there is a legitimate reason that you will need to miss many/most of the lectures, you should drop the course.


Course Philosophy ‑ This course intends to present an overview of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).  Theoretical and practical considera­tions will be intermingled.  The course will emphasize current concepts but will also pay particular attention to emerging technologies.  Students are expected to already possess basic training in techniques of pest and crop management so that this course can stress the integration of those techniques into a comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary program.




Integrated Pest Management


Course Outline



Jan 18            Introduction.  General Overview of Course. 


Fundamental Concepts


Jan 20            General definitions and concepts.

                        Chapter 1:  Pests, People, and Integrated Pest Management


Jan 23            The Evolution of IPM

                        Chapter 3:  Historical Development of Pest Management


Jan 25            Historical overview: Rachel Carson and Silent Spring – Movie


Jan 27            IPM Evolution Continued


Jan 30            Significance of Pests and IPM

                        Chapter 2:  Pests and Their Impacts


Feb 1              Biology of Pests

                        Chapter 5:  Comparative Biology of Pests


Feb 3              Basic Life Cycles and Factors Governing Pest Population Development.


Feb 6              Pests and Ecology:  Ecosystems

                        Chapter 4:  Ecosystems and Pest Organisms


Feb 8              Pests and Ecology:  Trophic Dynamics and Competition


Feb 10            Pests and Ecology:  Pest Interactions

                        Chapter 6:  Ecology of Interactions Between Categories of Pests


Feb 13            Pests and Ecology:  Biodiversity and IPM


Feb 15            First One-Hour Exam



Feb 17            Pests and Ecology:  Conclusion

                        Chapter 7:  Ecosystem Biodiversity and IPM



Pest Management Tactics


Feb  20           Decision-Making in Pest Management

                        Chapter 8:  Pest Management Decisions


Feb 22            Decision-Making in Pest Management Continued


Feb 24            Strategies and Tactics in IPM

                        Chapter 9:  Introduction to Strategies and Tactics in IPM


Feb 27            Cultural Tactics

                        Chapter 16:  Cultural Management of Pests


Mar 1              Cultural Tactics Continued


Mar 3              Biological Control Tactics

                        Chapter 13:  Biological Control


Mar 6              Biological Control Continued


Mar 8              Pesticides

                        Chapter 11:  Pesticides


Mar 10            Pesticides Continued


Mar 13 – 18   Spring Break


Mar 20            Pesticides and Resistance Management

                        Chapter 12:  Resistance, Resurgence, and Replacement


Mar 22            Host Plant Resistance in IPM

                        Chapter 17:  Host-Plant Resistance …


Mar 24            Second One-Hour Exam


Mar 27            Host Plant Resistance in IPM Continued



Mar 29            Tactics Based on Pest Behavior

                        Chapter 14:  Behavioral Control


Mar 31            Tactics Based on Physical and Mechanical Forces

                        Chapter 15:  Physical and Mechanical Tactics



Apr 3               Tactics Based on Human Regulation

                        Chapter 10:  Pest Invasions and Legislative Prevention


Implementation of IPM


Apr 5               IPM and Society

                        Chapter 19:  Societal and Environmental Limitations to IPM Tactics


Apr 7               The IPM Program

                        Chapter 18:  IPM Programs:  Development and Implementation


Apr 10                        Crop Profiles and IPM Strategies


Apr 12            Term Paper Due


Apr 14                        Pest Forecast Models in IPM


Apr 17                        Organizing Surveillance Programs for IPM


Apr 19                        Panel Discussion


Apr 21            Third One-Hour Exam


Apr 24                        Term Paper Reports


Apr 26                        Term Paper Reports


Apr 28                        Term Paper Reports


Apr 28                        Future Directions in IPM

                        Chapter 20:  IPM in the Future


May 1              Final Examination: 8:00 AM