PLPT 306

Sustainable Plant Protection

Course overview

You’ll develop an understanding of the sustainable tools available to manage pests and disease of
plants in managed ecosystems.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • a minimum of 60 credit point(s) from the course(s) specified below
  • any level 200 course
  • any level 300 course


  • restriction Biological Control, PLPT-325
  • restriction Bioprotection and Biosecurity, PLPT-326

Available semesters Semester 2 2023
Credits 15
Domestic fees $773.00

Please note: This course can’t be fully completed online as you will need to be on campus to complete some activities.

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Identify, evaluate and compare sustainable tools for control of a known pest, pathogen or weed.
  2. Describe the biology, ecology and epidemiology of selected pest organisms and how they can impact plant production.
  3. Discuss the factors that affect the success of sustainable approaches to plant protection.
  4. Recognise the implications of biosecurity monitoring on pest/pathogen control and eradication.
  5. Apply many of the ecological and plant protection principles of sustainable plant protection.
  6. Critically evaluate existing research programmes in biological control and integrated pest management.
  7. Evaluate and analyse experimental data.
  8. Explain the importance of sustainable production systems to the long-term viability of Aotearoa-New Zealand’s plant production systems.
  9. Discuss the potential of sustainable options in pest, weed and disease control.

Course examiners

Eirian Jones

Professor Eirian Jones

Chair AGLS Postgraduate Research Committee

Department of Pest Management and Conservation

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