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Plant Protection

Course CodeBHT207
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment
PLANT PROTECTION ONLINE COURSE

" I really appreciate Gavin's (tutor) comments and look forward to receiving the feedback from him."
- Nadine

THE MAIN WAYS OF CONTROLLING PESTS OR DISEASES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
  • Sanitation - maintaining good hygiene
  • Physical control methods e.g. mowing, slashing, burning, flooding, hand removal, physical barriers (ie. netting, fences), etc.
  • Using plant varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases
  • Biological controls
  • Chemical controls (artificial and naturally derived).
  • Soil drenches/dips

This course takes a "holistic approach, giving appropriate consideration to all of these "methods", without bias toward any particular method



Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction - scientific names, terms, diagnosing problems.
  2. Control Techniques - natural & chemical.
  3. Chemicals - characteristics.
  4. Identifying Diseases - symptoms, fungi and viruses, and other pathogens.
  5. Disease Control - life cycle of fungi.
  6. Insect Classification and biology.
  7. Insect Control - how to control pests.
  8. Other Pests - nematodes, snails, millipedes.
  9. Weed Identification and chemical control.
  10. Non-chemical Weed Control

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Identify the broad category which a plant health problem belongs to.
  • Explain a range of methods for controlling plant problems.
  • Select appropriate chemical pesticides for different problems.
  • Identify the symptoms of different plant diseases, including most common and some uncommon problems, in your locality.
  • Develop procedures to control specific plant diseases.
  • Identify different insects, including significant taxonomic orders, common pest species, and some less common pest species
  • Determine appropriate methods to control different types of insects.
  • Identify different non-insect pests found in the learner's locality.
  • Determine appropriate control methods for different non-insect pests.
  • Identify different non-insect pests found in the learner's locality.
  • Determine appropriate control methods for different non-insect pests.
  • Manage the control of different types of weed problems.

There are a variety of ways to control pests and diseases.
 
Chemicals will normally kill pests and diseases effectively, but there can be problems if you don't use the right chemical or the right method. There is also considerable concern by many that the chemicals used pose an unacceptable health risk to humans, in particular, and the environment, in general. Other ways of controlling pests and diseases rarely give the complete control that chemicals do. They can also be expensive or time-consuming to use.
 
The preferred option these days is usually to use a combination of control techniques which has the following advantages:
  • Nothing is overused to the detriment of the environment or to the extent that pests become accustomed to it and build up a resistance to that particular method.
  • Each different technique weakens the pest or disease that little bit more. The overall effect is a better control.
  • Expensive controls (e.g. some costly chemicals) are only used in limited quantities, keeping costs down.
 
This idea of using a combination of different control techniques which each contribute to the overall control is sometimes called "IPM" or "Integrated Pest Management."
 


Meet some of our academics

Rosemary Davies Leading horticultural expert in Australia. Rosemary trained in Horticultural Applied Science at Melbourne University. Initially she worked with Agriculture Victoria as an extension officer, taught horticulture students, worked on radio with ABC radio (clocking up over 24 years as a presenter of garden talkback programs, initially the only woman presenter on gardening in Victoria) and she simultaneously developed a career as a writer. She then studied Education and Training, teaching TAFE apprentices and developing curriculum for TAFE, before taking up an offer as a full time columnist with the Herald and Weekly Times and its magazine department after a number of years as columnist with the Age. She has worked for a number of companies in writing and publications, PR community education and management and has led several tours to Europe. In 1999 Rosemary was BPW Bendigo Business Woman of the Year and is one of the founders and the Patron, of the Friends of the Bendigo Botanic gardens. She has completed her 6th book this year and is working on concepts for several others. Rosemary has a B Ed, BSc Hort, Dip Advertising & Marketing
Maggi BrownMaggi is regarded as an expert in organic growing throughout the UK, having worked for two decades as Education Officer at the world renowned Henry Doubleday Research Association. She has been active in education, environmental management and horticulture across the UK for more than three decades. Some of Maggi's qualifications include RHS Cert. Hort. Cert. Ed. Member RHS Life Member Garden Organic (HDRA) .
Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C. In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). Active in many organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Yvonne SharpeRHS Cert.Hort, Dip.Hort, M.Hort, Cert.Ed., Dip.Mgt. Over 30 years experience in business, education, management and horticulture. Former department head at a UK government vocational college. Yvonne has traveled widely within and beyond Europe, and has worked in many areas of horticulture from garden centres to horticultural therapy. She has served on industry committees and been actively involved with amateur garden clubs for decades.


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