M.Agr. 0058 Plant Herbivore Interactions (6 C/4 SWS)

Coordinator
Prof. S. Vidal, Department of Crop Science, Division of Entomolgy

Language
English

Student Workload
180h ( 60h contact time)

Type of instruction
Lecture (40 h ), Seminar ( 20 h)

Duration
one semester


Frequency(WS/SS)
WS

Instructors
Prof. S. Vidal


Contents
Lecture
The module deals with the interactions between plants and herbivore insects.
The diversity of the organisms concerned and the habitat will be presented. Different plant defense mechanisms including mechanisms of resistance to plant feeding insects are discussed.
Sensory properties of insects for host plant recognition are described.
Multiple interactions between plants, herbivore insects and their natural enemies and possible ways for use are discussed.
The interactions between plants and pollinating insects will be presented.

Seminar
Students present and discuss new research results in context with the topics dealt with in the lectures.


Objectives
Knowledge of the complex interactions between plants and herbivore insects.
Students will learn to develop, formulate and evaluate scientific problems and methods by preparing a seminar presentation on recent research topics.


Exam requirements
Thorough knowledge of the main mechanisms of herbivore insect host plant selection,
plant defense strategies, the determining factors of herbivore living communities on specific plants, the multitrophic level of interactions between plants, herbivore insects and antagonists;
interactions between plants and pollinators

Examination
Written examination---- 45 minutes (67 %)
Seminar presentation-----20 minutes (33 %)

Entrance requirements
none

Number of students
20