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AFLC 110 - Pest and Disease Control

Code Start Date Duration Venue
AFLC 110 24 April 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 110 19 June 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 110 14 August 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 110 09 October 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
AFLC 110 04 December 2023 5 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

Entomology and plant disease control is a basic course for plant science majors. It provides the basic understanding of insects and diseases that attack ornamental plant materials and turf grasses. Details of the nature and structure of insects, effects of insect destruction and insect classification are major components. Plant diseases, weed identification and respective controls are also discussed as they apply to trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, roses and turf.

Course Objectives

  • Acquiring the skills necessary for diagnosis of plant problems
  • Distinguishing between normal coloration changes, damage and pest problems
  • Identifying common cultural and site problems that cause plant stress
  • Identifying the common insect pests of landscape plants in Maryland
  • Distinguishing between insect pests by the damage they cause
  • Identifying the common pathogens that cause plant diseases of landscape plants
  • Using plant symptoms as clues to the identity of the possible pathogens on plants
  • Applying integrated pest management strategies for insect and disease problems

Who Should Attend?

  • Farmers
  • Ranchers
  • Agricultural managers

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Pest diagnosis
  • Soil, environmental and site problems
  • Drought, heat, freezing, girdling roots and other abnormalities
  • IPM and scouting applications
  • Insect anatomy and classification

Day 2

  • Insects and other pests
  • Aphids
  • Adelgids
  • Scales
  • Whiteflies
  • Thrips
  • Borers

Day 3

  • Bark beetles
  • Weevils
  • Leaf beetles
  • Leaf miners
  • Caterpillars
  • Sawflies
  • Spider mites

Day 4

  • Disease classification and identification
  • Disease pathogens
  • Water molds
  • Root rots
  • Downy mildews
  • Powdery mildews

Day 5

  • Needle casts
  • Leaf spots
  • Cankers
  • Galls
  • Blights
  • Rusts