Sustainable Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Technologies for Mediterranean Fruit and Vegetable Crops

Organized by MAI Bari
Mai Coordinators: Anna Maria D’ONGHIA

Aims

The programme has been designed to train graduate agronomists, biologists and biotechnologists in modern and sustainable integrated management of economically important pests affecting Mediterranean fruit and vegetable crops.

The programme is structured in 2 parts: the first part, the Master programme, is based on an intensive learning course and on the elaboration of an IPM project; the second part, the Master of Science programme (MSc), is dedicated to the acquisition of research methodologies and to the development of a scientific applied research work.

Objectives

The main objective of the Master programme is to prepare experts able to apply and transfer the IPM approach by combining all appropriate and innovative techniques in a total management system and by minimizing the economic, health and environmental risks.

Students build capacity and develop skills in:

  • basic IPM principles and methodologies;
  • preventive IPM measures: plant quarantine, pest risk analysis, certified propagating material, resistant/tolerant cultivars or graft combinations, biodiversity protection;
  • sustainable use of pesticides and relative regulations; applications of alternative  non pesticidal management methods; food quality and safety;
  • sound management of biotic and abiotic disorders of Mediterranean fruit and vegetable crops in pre and post-harvest.
  • information technology applied in IPM programmes.

Two diploming courses are also organized in collaboration with the IPPC/FAO and the Middle East CropLife North Africa respectively -, as integral part of the programme. Such courses are an opportunity for students to acquire a background information on plant quarantine, trade facilitation, International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), guidance material on phytosanitary issues and also to acquire communication tools for transferring the IPM knowledge in the framework of extension programmes.

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - BARI PROGRAMME

The programme is organized in 9 units (60 ECTS)

Duration: 8 months from October 2016 to May 2017

Unit I

03 - 07 Oct. 2016 INTRODUCTORY COURSES (2 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written examination

Unit  II

10 Oct.- 11 Nov. 2016 INTRODUCTION TO IPM (8 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written examination

Unit III

14 Nov.- 23 Dec. 2016 PEST/PATHOGEN CONTROL (8 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written examination

Unit IV

02 - 20 Jan. 2017 INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES IN IPM (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written examination

23 - 27 Jan. 2017 CROP LIFE DIPLOMING COURSE (1 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written and oral examination

Unit V
30 Jan - 24 Feb. 2017 IPM OF VEGETABLE CROPS IN PRE-HARVEST (8 ECTS)

 Evaluation procedure: Written examination

Unit VI
27 Feb.- 20 Mar. 2017 IPM OF FRUIT TREE CROPS IN PRE-HARVEST (6 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written examination

Unit VII
21 - 31 Mar. 2017 IPM OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IN POST-HARVEST (4 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written examination

Unit VIII
21 – 31 Mar. 2017 APPLICATION OF IPM PROCEDURES (4 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written examination

2 – 12 May 2017 IPPC-FAO/CIHEAM BARI DIPLOMING COURSE (3 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written and oral examination

Unit IX

January.-  May 2017 INDIVIDUAL PROJECT (7 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure: Written and oral examination

EXAMINATIONS

Participants take an examination at the end of each subunit. Examinations are in the form of oral or written exams (i.e. sets of questions, exercises, multiple-choice). Questions can also cover seminars topics, field lectures and technical visits. Evaluation is made by the lecturers or by the scientific tutor of the course.

Participants may retake failed exams once, and up to 8 ECTS.

At the end of the course, participants take a final comprehensive oral exam with an Examining Board.

Language of instruction: ENGLISH

ACADEMIC STAFF

In the Postgraduate specialization programme, lectures are given by MAIB scientific staff and international prestigious visiting professors (from universities, higher institutions, research centres, international organizations); field lectures are also given by IPM experts from the private sector

In the Master of Science programme, student’s research theses are supervised by MAIB researchers or external professors in collaboration with MAIB staff.

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

The programme is organized in 2 parts: Preparatory research methodologies and Supervised research work: thesis and defence (60 ECTS)

PREPARATORY RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES (10 ECTS)

Contents:

Scientific English. Bibliographic research. Scientific writing. Safe laboratory practices. Statistical analysis. Dedicated courses on conventional and advanced laboratory/field techniques related to the research topic (sampling procedures; pest identification procedures; culturing, biological, serological and molecular pathogen detection assays; bioinformatics; proximal and remote sensing technology; etc.).

Learning outcomes:

Basics and technical knowledge on bibliographic research, field and laboratory methodologies to support the supervised research work.

PROJECT (50 ECTS)

Contents:Elaboration of an original thesis, related to pests/pathogens of great social and economic interest for the Mediterranean fruit or vegetable crops. The MSc thesis is mainly carried out at MAIB or at research Institutions of the student’s country of origin. Topics of MSc theses will be chosen among the following IPM research lines:

Learning outcomes:

  • Acquiring knowledge and ability in the development and application of the most innovative techniques for: - the rapid detection of harmful quarantine and quality pests in order to prevent their entrance and spread in a specific area; - the enhancement and conservation of native germplasm; - the preservation of food quality in post-harvest.
  • Updating information on the sanitary status of fruit and vegetable crops in the Mediterranean countries.
  • Development of validated technical protocols for pest monitoring, diagnosis, identification, detection and control before their application on a large scale.
  • Application of remote sensing technology for pest monitoring and spatial analyses at farm and territorial scales.