Bi7980 Applied entomology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught partially online.
Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Fri 9:00–12:50 D36/223
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Bi6760 Entomology
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course is focused on economic, medical/veterinary, environmental and cultural aspects of entomology. It is complementary to other courses related to entomology at the Faculty of Science, MU (viz. Bi6760 Entomology, Bi9790 Advanced entomology, Bi8780 Insect systematics and phylogeny, Bi8763 Identification of terrestrial invertebrates - lab course, and Bi0055 Field course in entomology) which all cover mainly general and systematic entomology but not other issues. Namely, the Applied entomology course deals with 1) insect pests, their identification and methods of their control; 2) insects beneficial to mankind and their use; 3) insect conservation and cultural importance.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- explain economic and cultural aspects of entomology;
- demonstrate problems caused by insect pests including invasive species and newly emerging diseases vectored by insects using specific examples;
- explain principles of various methods of insect pest control, their positive and problematic aspects and limits of their use;
give examples of insects beneficial to mankind as biocontrol agens, indicators, sources of material, chemical compounds and food etc. and know basic practical/methodological aspects of such uses
- explain the background and basic principles of insect conservation, including the most important national and international laws related to it;
- identify the most important insect species from economic/medical/veterinary viewpoint in cetral Europe.
  • 1. Introduction. Medical and veterinary entomology. Arthropod-born diseases and systematics and biology of their vectors. Myiasis, poisonous and allergenic insects and other arthropods.
  • 2. Medical and veterinary entomology 2. Identification of groups and species of medical/veterinary importance.
  • 3. Agricultural entomology. Economic pests, vectors of phytopathogenic microorganisms, invasive insect species, integrated pest management.
  • 4. Agricultural entomology 2. Review of the most important agricultural crops in the Czech Republic and their pests. Study of material in collections and literature.
  • 5. Forest entomology. Insects in forests, forest pest control and monitoring. Review of the most important woody plant species in Czech forests and their pests. Study of material in collections and literature.
  • 6. Pests of stored products and households. Review of the most frequent taxa, hints on their identification. Study of material in collections and literature.
  • 7. Methods of pest control. Insecticides, biological control, GMO, use of pheromones, sterile-insect technique (SIT), agrotechnical regulations.
  • 8. Insect conservation. Threatened insect species in the Czech Republic and the world, causes of insect extinction, general guidelines for insect conservation, insects as bioindicators. National and international Red Lists and legislation. Examples of in situ and ex situ insect species protection. Endemic insects in the Czech Republic.
  • 9. Forensic entomology. Army entomology. Insects as sources of raw materials (e.g. silk, dye), pharmaceutical compounds, food, laboratory organisms. Insects as pollinators, apiculture.
  • 10. Insects as inspiration in industry, biotechnology. Cultural entomology: insects in mythology, heraldics, geographical and personal names, proverbs, arts, literature, film, collecting and rearing insects as hobby. Final student presentations.
    recommended literature
  • GULLAN, P. J. and P. S. CRANSTON. The insects : an outline of entomology. Illustrated by Karina Hansen McInnes. 4th ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. xvi, 565. ISBN 9781444330366. info
Teaching methods
Theoretical lectures with practical parts aimed at pest and other relevant insect species identification (demonstration of collections, personal study of insect material, use of identification handbooks and keys by students etc.). At the end of the course, each student prepares a short oral presentation complementing the course on a special topic of his/her own interest.
Assessment methods
A short final oral presentation on a topic from applied entomology selected by the student himself/herself. Oral exam + test from identification of pest and other relevant insect material.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on the per-term frequency of the course: podzimní semestr sudých let.
General note: Kurz není povinný pro vertebratology.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2007 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018.
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