Consuelo De Moraes: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Name Prof. Dr. Consuelo De Moraes
FieldBiocommunication and Ecology
Professur f. Biokomm. u. Ökologie
ETH Zürich, LFO G 18
Schmelzbergstrasse 9
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 39 20
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science
RelationshipFull Professor

751-4514-00LCrop Health: Entomology
Exclusively for bachelor students in Agricultural Sciences (Regl. 2016)
2 credits2GC. De Moraes, M. Greeff
AbstractThis course entails lectures, a practicum and outdoor excursions, which provide an overview of the diversity of insects and related arthropod groups. Students will learn to identify insects and make inferences about their behavior, ecology, and agricultural relevance.
ObjectiveStudents completing this course will become familiar with the morphology, physiology, and behavior of insects and other agriculturally relevant arthropod groups. Practical training will provide hands-on experience in identifying insects at different developmental stages. Students will collect samples and apply their knowledge during excursions to nearby habitats.
ContentDiversity of insects and related arthropod groups. Principles of insect physiology, morphology, and behavior. Insect interactions with plants and other animals, i.e. as pollinators, herbivores, predators, and disease vectors. Special focus on the role of insects in agricultural ecosystems.
Lecture notesLecture notes will be provided on the Moodle platform.
LiteratureSuggestions for further reading will be provided.
751-5110-00LInsects in Agroecosystems2 credits2VC. De Moraes, F. Paschalidou
AbstractThis class will focus on insect-plant interactions in agroecosystems, and how the unique man-made agricultural community effects insect populations leading to pest outbreaks. Key concepts in pest prediction and management will be discussed from an ecological perspective.
ObjectiveAt the end of this course, students will understand what biotic and abiotic factors contribute to pest outbreaks, why some modern pest management techniques have failed over time, and the trade-offs associated with the use of different pest control methods. Our approach will allow students to apply their knowledge to a variety of pest management situations. Additionally, students will learn about current research goals in agroecology and how these goals are being addressed by scientists engaged in agricultural research.
ContentThe focus of this course will be on understanding how the ecologies of agricultural systems differ from natural ecosystems, and how these difference affect the population dynamics of insect pests and natural enemies. Each section of the course is centered around a basic ecological, biological or engineering theme such as host shift, physiological time, or sampling techniques. Different management techniques will be discussed, as well as the ecological basis behind why these techniques work and why they sometimes fail. The role of insects in spreading economically important plant diseases will also be discussed. Recent advances in research will also be addressed throughout the course and reinforced with periodic readings of primary literature.
Lecture notesProvided to students through ILIAS
LiteratureSelected required readings (peer reviewed literature, selected book chapters).