Integrated Pest Management


Course Information

Credit Hours: 4 semester hours (Lecture: MW 9-10.30 am, Room FS 358; Lab: W 1-3 pm, Room FS 354)
Prerequisites: ENTM 3040 or ENTM 4020 or PLPA 3000 or departmental approval
Instructor: Dr. Henry Fadamiro
Associate Professor & Integrated Pest Management Coordinator
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology
Office: 346 Funchess Hall
Phone: 844-5098 (office); 844-2495 (lab)
Office hours: T,R (9-10am) or by appointment

Course Objectives:

1) To introduce students to the modern theory, concepts, and practice of integrated management of different pest organisms encountered in agricultural and horticultural ecosystems (mainly arthropods, plant pathogens, nematodes and weeds) using a systems approach. 2) To provide students with an intensive study of potential components of integrated pest management (IPM), and of how the components may be applied in an integrated system. Lectures will concentrate on providing students with an understanding of the principles, concepts, and practice of IPM with emphasis on sustainable and ecologically sound and organicall acceptable pest management strategies. Laboratories will be devoted to providing students with critical examinations of IPM practices in specific systems common in the southeastern states. Examples of successful sustainable IPM programs will be presented as case studies. Field trip(s) will provide students with hands-on experience in different aspects of the pest management decision-making process.

Textbook (suggested readings):

  • Flint, M. L., and P. Gouveia. 2001. IPM in Practice: Principles and Methods of Integrated Pest Management. Regents of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Publication 3418. 296 pp.
  • Gurr, G., S. Wratten, and M. Altieri. (eds.). 2004. Ecological Engineering for Pest Management: Advances in Habitat Manipulation for Arthropods. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia. 256 pp.
  • Pedigo, L. P. 2002. Entomology and Pest Management, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, NJ. 742 pp.
  • Dent, D. 1995. Integrated Pest Management. Chapman & Hall, New York. 356 pp.
  • *Ag-related magazines and publications such as: American Fruit Grower, American Vegetable Grower, California Agriculture, etc.


Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week.

Grading System:

Undergraduate students (ENTM 5330) will be graded on the basis of the following: assignments/short papers (6.25%), 3 major tests (37.5% total), comprehensive exam (37.5%), and lab exam (18.75%).
Graduate students (ENTM 6330) will be graded on the basis of the following: assignments/short papers (5%), 3 major tests (10% each = 30% total), comprehensive exam (30%), lab exam (20%), and research/case studies/crop profiles (15%).

Integrated Pest Management (ENTM 5330/6330)
Lecture Schedule (tentative), Fall Semester (alternate, even years)

Week Topics
1 Introduction; Principles of integrated pest management (IPM)
2 Groups/types of pests, IPM concept, policy, & basic components; Ecological principles
3 Predictive tools/systems; Pest surveillance & sampling
4 Sampling techniques; Automated pest monitoring
5 Economic thresholds & decision making; Mollusks, & vertebrate pests
6 Plant pathogens, nematodes & their management; Weeds & weed management
7 Cultural & physical control; Host plant resistance
8 Transgenics; Biological control
9 Case studies: Biological control of insects, pathogens and weeds
10 Management by modifying insect behavior; Applications of semiochemicals in IPM
11 Insect repellents; Insect growth regulators; Genetic & regulatory control
12 Botanical insecticides; Organic farming & sustainable agriculture
13 Conventional (chemical) insecticides (mode of action, classes, formulations)
14 Pesticide resistance (causes & management); Pesticide laws, safety & regulation
15 Setting up an IPM program; IPM case studies
16 IPM case studies; Area wide pest management; New & emerging strategies

Integrated Pest Management (ENTM 5330/6330)
Laboratory Schedule (tentative), Fall Semester (alternate, even years)

Lab Topics
1 Introduction & field techniques in IPM
2 Sampling techniques
3 Row/field crop IPM*
4 Household, school, and workplace IPM
5 Visit to the plant diagnostic laboratory*
6 Fruit & Vegetable IPM*
7 Landscape/greenhouse IPM
8 IPM of plant pathogens and nematodes
9 Precision farming & GIS; Stored-products IPM
10 Development of an IPM Program
11 IPM case studies: examples of successful IPM programs
12 Student Presentation / Review
13 Lab exam