Entomology applied to agriculture

lbrpp2102  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Entomology applied to agriculture
3.00 credits
22.5 h + 12.5 h
Bragard Claude (coordinator); Hance Thierry;
LBIO 1231 Animal Biology
Main themes
Topics covered:
- Classification and reason of the evolutionary success of insects;
- Physiology, internal anatomy and life cycle
- Interaction with the physico-chemical environment
- Reproductive strategy;
- Plant-insect interaction
- Eco-evolutionary Entomology;
- Thermoregulation;
- Mobility and dispersion
- Pollinators and anthropic landscapes
- Interactions between species.
- In-depth analysis of the main insects and mites injurious to fruit trees, field crops, stored food, vegetable crops and forestry
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 a. Activity contribution to reference program AA (AA program)
M1.1, M1.2, M1.3. M1.4, M1.5, M2.1, M2.2, M2.3, M2.4, M3.2, M3.4, M3.7, M3.8, M4.1, M4.2, M4.3, M4.7, M6.1, M6.2, M6.4, M6.5
b. Specific formulation for this activity to AA program (maximum 10)
At the end of this activity, the student is able to:
- to identify an insect to the stage of the family and to set up a collection
- to prioritize the criteria for classification
- to understand the role of insects in terrestrial ecosystems in an evolutionary perspective
- to analyze and present concise reasons for the evolutionary success of insects
- to relate adaptations and evolutionary selection pressures
- to integrate the relationships between individuals, populations and landscapes
- to understand the concepts of trade-off and phenotypic plasticity
- departing from literature data, to analyze problems with a particular pest species and to propose management solutions
1 Table of Contents.
1) Introduction
- Diversity of the insect world
- Phylogeny
- Role in the environment, impact on man
2) Morphology, internal anatomy, physiology, adaptation to different environments
3) Life cycle, metamorphosis, hormone regulation, phase change (locusts), diapause and resistance to thermal stress
4) Plant-insect relationships
6) Behavior and Sociality
7) Eco-evolutionary entomology
8) Thermoregulation
9) Mobility and dispersion
10) Pollinators in anthropogenic landscapes
11) Interactions between insects: the case of the genus Maculinea
12) In-depth analysis of the main mites and insects harmful to arboriculture
fruit, large crops, stored food, vegetable crops and forestry
2. Additional Explanation (if required)
This course includes two modules that can be combined to form two partims.
- Module 1 (22.5 h-15h, 3 credits): General Entomology including practical work;
- Module 2 (15 hours, 2 credits): Applied entomology
Teaching methods
- lectures including practical examples and offering active learning mini-activities;
- Insect determination;
- Establishment of an insect collection
- Individual reading of scientific papers, critical analysis  and presentation
Evaluation methods
- Part A: Written exam and practical work (determinations) with the relization of an insect collection
- Part B: Written examination and presentation of work on a species or a given problem.
Other information
This course can be given in English.
Online resources
les supports de cours obligatoires (diapositives power point, syllabus, documents de référence et articles scientifique) sont mis à disposition de l'étudiants sur Moodle
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Master [120] in Agricultural Bioengineering