PPSC-PLANT PROTECTION SCIENCE – 2005-07 Catalog
Horticulture and Crop Science Department

PPSC 110  People, Pests and Plagues (4) GE B2 & B4

Introduction to the science of entomology, focusing on insect and small arthropod biology. Insects as the largest group of terrestrial lifeforms on the plant. Insect pest and beneficial species, and their role in shaping how we live, work and eat. Not open to students majoring in CRSC, FRSC, EHS nor PPSC. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

PPSC 311  Agricultural Entomology (4)

The science of entomology as it relates to pest management in agriculture. Focus on the biology, ecology and identification of insects and mites important to agricultural production systems. Identification of insects injurious to California horticultural, field, and vegetable crops. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: CHEM 110/111 and introductory course in biology, botany or zoology or consent of instructor.

PPSC 321  Weed Ecology (4)

Weed ecology, biology, and implications for management. Identification of weedy and invasive plant species in annual agricultural, perennial semi-managed, range, aquatic, and forest ecosystems, to elucidate weaknesses and strengths in order to facilitate vegetation management. Organic, cultural, biological, mechanical, and chemical methods and their integrated (IPM) uses. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: BOT 121 or introductory course in botany or biology.

PPSC 327  Vertebrate Pest Management (4)

Vertebrate pests injurious to crops, livestock, forest products, wildlife, stored products and humans. Life habits, identification, control methods, and materials. Related laws and regulations. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

PPSC 405  Advanced Weed Science (4)

Concepts and practices in weed science involving biotechnology, invasive plant ecology and management. Mechanisms of herbicide action. Molecular methods used to assess herbicide resistance in weeds. Improved management efficiency with the use of predictive computer simulations. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: PPSC 321, or consent of instructor.

PPSC 414  Grape Pest Management (4)

Comprehensive survey of major grape pests including diseases, insects, weeds, vertebrates, and nematodes. Identification and biology of grape pests and natural enemies, monitoring, and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies, including cultural, biological, and chemical controls. Guest lectures. Total credit limited to 8 units. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Prerequisite: PPSC 311, BOT 323, FRSC 231.

PPSC 421  Plant-Pest Interactions (4)

Plant biochemical and physical defenses to herbivorous insects, plant pathogens and weeds, and the evolutionary and genetic basis thereof. Effects of environmental manipulations, including plant nutrition and water status, on pest populations, and the use of induced resistance materials. Not open to students with credit in PPSC 521. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: PPSC 311 or ZOO 335, BOT 323 or PPSC 321.

PPSC 427  Disease and Pest Control Systems for Ornamental Plants (4)

Recognition, prevention and control of diseases, insect/mite pests and weeds that impact commercial ornamental plantings. Integrated pest management strategies presented including biological, cultural, and safe and proper pesticidal controls. Laboratory emphasizes monitoring, problem solving and application of appropriate pest control measures. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: HCS 120, PPSC 311, BOT 324, passing the sprayer math test and senior standing.

PPSC 431  Insect Pest Management (4)

Principles of insect and mite pest management, including integrated pest management (IPM), applications of ecological theory to pest management, cultural, biological and chemical controls, pesticide resistance management, insect and mite monitoring, biotechnology applications, pesticide laws and regulations, pest control advisor and qualified applicator licensing and certification. One field trip required. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: PPSC 311 or consent of instructor.

PPSC 441  Biological Control for Pest Management (4)

Control of arthropods, weeds and vertebrates to include history of biocontrol; biology of beneficial arthropods; methods of introduction, augmentation and conservation; and case studies. Identification of beneficial arthropods to appropriate taxonomic level. Technology, laws and regulations governing use of biocontrol agents. Field trips to insectaries, quarantine facilities and/or crop production areas. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: PPSC 311 or consent of instructor.

PPSC 511  Ecological Biometrics (4) (Also listed as HCS 511)

General survey of current analytical methodology available to ecological researchers to evaluate effects and assess the underlying mechanisms that drive natural and cultivated ecosystems. Methodology includes general linear models, ordination, survival analysis, multivariate analyses, and computer simulations. Student research used as a basis for instruction.  Total credit limited to 8 units. 3 seminars, 1 activity. Prerequisite: Any one of the following statistical methods courses: CRSC 411, STAT 212, STAT 218, STAT 313, STAT 512, STAT 513 or consent of instructor.

PPSC 521  Plant-Pest Interactions (4)

Plant biochemical and physical defenses to herbivorous insects, plant pathogens and weeds, and the evolutionary and genetic basis thereof, with particular focus on the master’s thesis. Effects of environmental manipulations, including plant nutrition and water status, on pest populations, and the use of induced resistance materials. Not open to students with credit in PPSC 421. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Prerequisite: PPSC 311 or ZOO 335, BOT 323 or PPSC 321, graduate standing, or consent of instructor.

PPSC 599  Thesis in Plant Protection Science (1-9)

Systematic research of a topic in plant protection science, including weed science, entomology, plant pathology, nematology or vertebrate management. Thesis to describe the problem and its significance, methodology, results, data analysis, discussion and conclusion. Enrollment required every quarter in which facilities are used or advisement received. Degree credit limited to 6 units. Total credit limited to 9 units. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.