Course detail

LET5824 - Agricultural Acarology

Credit hours

In-class work
per week
per week
15 weeks
120 hours

Gilberto José de Moraes
Pedro Takao Yamamoto
Raphael de Campos Castilho

To train graduate students to conduct teaching, research and extension activities related to mites of
agricultural importance, through the study of morphology, biology, ecology and control of these

Lectures 1.Introduction. History. Systematic position. 2.Morphology. Anatomy. Biology. Classification. 3.
Physiology. 4. Tetranychidae: behavior and damage caused by the main species. 5.Tenuipalpidae: same.
6. Eriophyoidea: same. 7. Tarsonemoidea: same. 8.Eupodoidea: same. 9.Acaroidea: same. 10. Chemical
Control. 11. Biological Control: main natural enemies. 12. Integrated Pest Management. Lab activities:
1. Collection, preservation, preparation and mounting of mites. 2. Field recognition. 3. Rearing of
phytophagous and predatory mites. 4. Preparation of collection of mites of agricultural importance.

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