HORT 54J: HORTICULTURAL PRACTICES: INSECT IDENTIFICATION & DISORDERS
Foothill College Course Outline of Record
|Hours:||3 lecture per week (36 total per quarter)|
|Degree & Credit Status:||Degree-Applicable Credit Course|
|Grade Type:||Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)|
Student Learning Outcomes
- Student shall be able to identify common horticultural insects.
- Student shall identify common control methods for selected insects.
The student will be able to:
A. Identify common insects that impact California horticultural crops.
B. Classify insects by pest taxonomy.
C. Identify the stage of growth of the insects.
D. Identify the plant disorders caused by insects.
E. Discuss IPM solutions to control the insects.
F. List the recommended biological controls for the insects.
G. List the recommended chemical controls for the insects.
H. Prepare a management plan for insects in horticultural facilities and the landscape.
A. Impact of insects on California horticultural crops and landscapes.
1. Problems with insects in the California nursery and greenhouse industry.
2. Problems with weeds in the California landscape.
3. Economic impacts of insects in the horticultural field.
4. Insects as a vector for diseases.
5. Insects as a control for other insects.
B. Identification of insects.
1. Identify the stage of growth of the insects.
2. Recognize the stage of growth in which controls will be most effective.
3. Identify the anatomy of the insects.
4. Review the reproductive cycle of insects.
C. Identify disorders caused by insects.
1. Plant defoliation.
2. Leaf chewing.
3. Leaf abscission.
4. Leaf discoloration or irregularities.
D. Control of insects.
1. IPM in insect control.
2. Insect exclusion methods.
3. Insect control methods.
a. Biological control of insects.
b. Chemical control of insects.
E. Insect management planning.
1. Measures to control insects.
2. Economic implications of various insect control methods.
3. Scheduling of insect control methods.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment
B. Gardens to attract insects for identification.
Method(s) of Evaluation
A. Identification exams requiring field and image identification of insects and insect damage.
B. Written exams on the cultural, identification and management issues related to insects.
C. Insect management plan preparation for a designated facility or landscape.
Method(s) of Instruction
A. Lectures about the impact of insects on the horticultural industry.
B. Discussions regarding pest management.
C. Observation and identification of insects in the field.
D. Discussions regarding control methods for insects.
Representative Text(s) and Other Materials
Walters, Martin. The Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Insects. Leicester, England: Lorenz Books, 2011.
Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments
A. Reading assignments include reading approximately 30-50 pages per week from assigned text. Supplemental reading will be provided in hand-out form or through reference to online resources.
B. Field trips to horticultural venues to examine measures used for insect control will be provided.
C. Writing assignments include:
1. Short papers on specific insects.
2. Management plan for a designated facility or landscaped area.