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Master of Science Programme in “Integrated Pest Management Mediterranean Fruit Trees”
Academic Year 2012 - 2013
The Master of Science Programme in IPM of Mediterranean Fruit Trees has been designed to train graduate agronomists, biologists and biotechnologists in modern and sustainable integrated management of economically important pests affecting citrus, grapevine, olive, palm, pome and stone fruits in the Mediterranean basin. The two-year programme is structured as follows: the first year is based on an intensive learning course and on the preparation of a project, whereas the second year is dedicated to scientific research related to a pest problem of economic importance for the Mediterranean fruit tree industry. The main objective of the course is to prepare experts able to apply and transfer the IPM approach by combining all suitable and innovative techniques in a total management system and by minimizing the economic, health and environmental risks. Students build capacity and develop skills in methodologies and EU regulations for pest risk analysis, pest control, food quality and safety; the use of certified propagating material of fruit trees, produced in the framework of clonal and sanitary selection; the sound management of biotic and abiotic disorders in the context of each specific Mediterranean fruit tree species; applications of precise crop protection. A week diploming course for training IPM trainers is organized with Croplife North Africa Middle East as integral part of the programme. Such course is an opportunity for students to learn professional priorities and change the way of thinking about crop protection. In the second year, students who have successfully completed the first year and have met all the prerequirements set by the Institute, carry out scientific research to draw up a thesis on one of the topics covered during the first part of the MSc programme. The aim is to promote the transfer of knowledge to and between the Mediterranean countries. Most of the theses are prepared at the Institute, even if over the last few years, more and more works have been carried out in the students’ countries of origin and in co-supervision with various Mediterranean Research Institutions. The scientific outcome of the research work is usually announced on the occasion of National and International Conferences and/or published in scientific journals.
ORGANIZATION First Year: 60 ECTS Ten Units 54 ECTS Individual Project 6 ECTS Diploma: “Post Graduate Specialization” Second Year: 60 ECTS One Unit 10 ECTS ‘Master of Science’ thesis 50 ECTS Diploma: “Master of Science” of CIHEAM ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDIES Students who have been awarded the CIHEAM ‘Master of Science’ Degree have access to PhD studies in Italian, European and American universities. Some PhD programmes are carried out in the framework of a fruitful collaboration between several Italian/foreign Universities and MAIB. ADMISSION Selection of students is based on the evaluation of application documents. Required level: High School Degree + 4 years (or an academic level qualifying the applicant to undertake postgraduate studies in his country) in the fields of Agricultural sciences, Biology and Biotechnology (with basic background on plant pathology). Deadline for receiving applications: June 15, 2012 Registration fees amount to 230.00€/year. Tuition fees amount to 500.00€/month (without including travel, accommodation and insurance expenses). BENEFICIARIES & SCHOLARSHIPS MSc programmes are open to candidates of any nationality. In particular, courses are addressed to: managers of national research centres or public administrations in agriculture-related fields; researchers or assistants from Academic institutions; officers of agricultural extension service bodies; graduate students not yet involved in production or research activities; professionals and farm managers. A few scholarships are granted every year. Priority is given to applicants from Southern and Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Countries. Candidates should send their applications directly to MAIB (for further details: http://www.iamb.it).
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION English
Course Coordinator Anna Maria D’Onghia e-mail: donghia@iamb. identification and IPM control in accordance with the specific regulations. epidemiology. Conventional and non conventional control techniques. weeds and abiotic disorders Introduction to the study of insects. Virus vector transmission. mites. virus-like agents. Unit XI: Individual Project Implementation of the IPM data base. ecological. Occurrence in Mediterranean countries. 60 ECTS (November 2012 – June 2013) Unit I: Introductory Disciplines Informatics. Plant tolerance and resistance to pests and abiotic disorders. preparation to train. evaluation. Mycotoxins. seating patterns.CIHEAM . Damages. taxonomy. 60 ECTS (November 2012 . epidemiology. VI. relatively to a specific phytosanitary problem affecting the course fruit tree species. body language. criteria for bibliographic research. Morphology. Unit V.it . diagnosis/ identification of pathogens using classical and molecular methods. nematodes. and IPM general concepts. biological control. Damages and losses. Occurrence in Mediterranean countries. Grapevine. life cycle. characterization. epidemiology. life cycle. European regulations on plant protection products. taxonomy.Preparatory Research Methodology Unit II . Nematodes and insects: Identification. Preventive measures. English language. multiplication. Plant tolerance and resistance to pathogens. Master of Science Programme. control programs of the main quarantine pests affecting Mediterranean fruit trees and application of monitoring procedures in the field. Unit X: Application of IPM procedures. Palm Trees Morphological. Pest risk analysis.Supervised Research work (MSc thesis) Topics generally available for Master of Science theses: Viruses. Precision crop protection methodologies. spot checks. training administration. official guidelines on IPM. CROP LIFE DIPLOMING COURSE Training model. key processing styles. follow-up. Weeds classification and ecology. VII. diagnosis. clonal and sanitary selection of fruit trees and certification of propagating material. Unit III: Identification and control of pests. flip tips. Unit IV: Quality and Safety Principles and international regulations on Quarantine pests. multiplication. scenarios of shared knowledge.October 2013) Unit I . Unit II: Identification and Control of Pathogens Introduction to the study of bacteria. circle of competence.International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies MAIB . characterization. viroids. Preparation of an oral presentation of the individual project. physiology. the significance and definition of Maximum Residues Levels and Minimum Safety Interval. physiology. epidemiological characteristics of key pests and pathogens affecting the species included in each unit. Morphology.Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari Postgraduate Specialisation Programme. Identification of physiological disorders. with bibliographic review. learning theory. IX: Integrated Pest Management of Olive. Pest risk analysis. Application of IPM guidelines in commercial orchards of each fruit tree species. facilitating feedback. VIII. brain power. Precise crop protection: Pest monitoring and mapping by remote sensing. phytoplasmas and virus-like agents: Characterization. Pest/pathogen monitoring. Biological and chemical control. systems for the quality certification in the agri-food sector (GAP). approaches to training. Conventional and non conventional control techniques. weeds and physiological disorders. Occurrence in Mediterranean countries. performance. fungi. key learning styles. Fungi and bacteria: Diagnosis. facilitating rainbow. information and communication technology in IPM. Pome & Stone Fruits. diagnosis of pests using classical and molecular methods. sanitation. viruses. decision support systems. Citrus. audiovisual support.
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