ENT 375/575 - Plant Protection Using Natural Enemies

Fall 2008 Syllabus 

When:  TTh 9:30-10:50

Where: 119 Science II

Who:
Dr. Mary Harris Dr. Bryony Bonning
Office:137 Science II418 Science II
Phone:294-2171294-1989
email:maharris@iastate.edubbonning@iastate.edu
Office Hours:by appt.by appt.

Aims of the Course: To provide an overview of the biology, ecology, and classification of insect pathogens, predators and parasitoids; to discuss the use of these organisms in plant protection, including an emphasis on genetic alteration of natural enemies. 

Course organization:  The course is divided into 3 parts with an exam following each part. Each part will be covered as a number of lectures on that unit’s overall topic. Topics include: Macrobials, microbials and use and application. 

Exams: There will be 2 exams given during the semester in addition to a comprehensive final exam.  

Exercises:  One exercise will be assigned for each part of the course for a total of three assignments. Exercises may consist of a data set to be analyzed/discussed, a specific natural enemy review or a problem set with questions. Some exercises may differ for students enrolled in 375 from those in 575. 

Grading:  

   375   pts

   Assignment 1   25

   Assignment 2   25

   Assignment 3   25

   Exam 1   100

   Exam 2   100

   Final exam  125

   Possible total 400 

   575   pts

   Assignment 1   25

   Assignment 2   25

   Assignment 3   25

   Presentation   50

   Exam 1   100

   Exam 2   100

   Final exam  150

   Possible total  475 
 

Special accommodations: Students who require special accommodations to participate in the course should contact me during the first week of class to make the necessary arrangements. Some accommodations, such as extra time on exams, require a letter from the Academic Success Center (ASC) documenting the need for the accommodation. 

**Iowa State University requires students to make arrangements with the instructor  by** the Friday prior to dead week to take the final at a time other than when scheduled.

 

 

Part I

Macrobials

Wk 1 Aug 26 1 Introduction to biological control
  28 2 History
Wk 2 Sept 2 3 Entomophages-Systematics
  4 4 Attributes of natural enemies
Wk 3 9 5 Predators
  11 6 Predators
Wk 4 16 7 Parasitoids
  18 8 Parasitoids
Wk 5 23 9 Tachinids
  25 10 Predatory Mites
Wk 6 30   Exam I
Part II

Microbials

  Oct 2 11 History of insect pathology
Wk 7 7 12 Microbial control
  9 13 Fungi
Wk 8 14 14 Nematodes
  16 15 Bacteria
Wk 9 21 16 Protozoa
  23 17 Viruses
Wk 10 28 18 Viruses
  30 19 Genetic enhancement of natural enemies
Wk 11 Nov 4 20 Transgenic plants
  6   Exam II
Part III

Use and Application

Wk 12 11 21 Ecology
  13 22 Ecology and Conservation
Wk 13 18 23 Conservation and IPM
  20 24 BC Implementation in annual crops
  24-28   Thanksgiving break
Wk 14 Dec 2 25 BC in perennial crops
  4 26 TBA
Wk 15 9 27 BC in greenhouses, BC Risks
  11 28 Evaluation and economics of BC programs
Final Dec 16

7:30-9:30

  Final comprehensive