M.Agr. 0055 Pests and Diseases of Tropical Crops (6 C/4 SWS)

Prof. Dr. Stefan Vidal
Department of Crop Science, Division of Agricultural Entomology


Type of instruction/contact hours

Lecture / 40h, seminar / 20 h

Frequency (WS/SS) and duration
SS / one semester

Prof. Dr. S. Vidal

Content and objectives

Students become familiar with the pests and diseases and strategies of integrated control in the main tropical crops. Causes of diseases (abiotic & biotic), taxonomy of disease agents (bacteria, fungi, virus) and insect pests as well as the basics of integrated pest management (approaches, economic threshold, epidemiology), biological control, cultural control (cultivars, crop rotation, planting term, manual control) and chemical control (toxicology, fungicides, insecticides) of the main crops in subtropical and tropical regions ie. rice, maize, wheat, cotton, banana, citrus, mango, cacao, coffee and others will be presented. In the seminar students will present recent research results, which will be discussed in context with the topics of in the lecture.

Students will get to know the main pests and diseases of tropical crops and possible ways of control using an integrated approach.
Through preparing a seminar presentation dealing with a recent research topic students will learn to formulate scientific problems, to critically judge methods.

Exam requirements
Basic knowledge of the main pests and diseases in selected tropical crop plants, integrated control methods

Written Test 45 minutes, seminar presentation 20 minutes

Written Test 67%, presentation 33%

Entrance requirements

Number of students