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Disease Management: Principles and Practices

    Why study disease management?

    Diseases are one of the major constraints to crop production worldwide. An effective, economical and sustainable disease management strategy requires the implementation of an appropriate set of management practises. The challenge of global warming, the resulting change in climate and the way it will affect agricultural production in future, confronts us all.

    These basic principles and practises in disease management are essential tools to ensure quality crops and healthy financial returns.

    How will you benefit from studying this short learning programme?

    The purpose of this short learning programme is to introduce learners to the basic knowledge, tools and principles needed to manage diseases successfully at a farm level.  The basis of the content of this course is to create a foundation on which to build a better understanding of disease management.

    After completion of this short learning programme you will be able to:

    • Define the term Disease Management and identify and classify plant diseases
    • Differentiate between economic, environmental and social impacts
    • Illustrate and explain the Disease Triangle and the different types of epidemics
    • Identify disease causing organisms
    • Illustrate and explain the life cycle of plant parasitic fungi and stages of disease development
    • Appreciate the effect of diseases on the physiological processes of crops
    • Identify the different disease control methods
    • Fully understand integrated pest management (IPM)
    • Be able to develop a IPM strategy
    • Explain the principles and methods of chemical control
    • Classify the different chemical groups of fungicides and discuss their modes of action
    • Define the term Resistance and understanding of FRAC (Fungicide Resistance Action Committee) codes
    • Identify the guidelines to manage resistance for effective sustainable disease control
    • List the factors affecting the efficacy of a fungicide and illustrate the positioning of fungicides in a programme application to ensure effective disease management
    • Discuss the role of biotechnology in the future
    • Be sensitive to the future trends and challenges in plant protection and disease control programmes


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    2 days

    • Option 1: 17 – 18 April 2018 (Somerset West, W. Cape)
    • Option 2: 8 – 9 May 2018 (Kempton Park)

    MSA Competency based short learning programme

    Who should attend

    This short learning programme on the basic principles and practise of disease management is aimed primarily at any person who operates and forms part of the decision-making process in sustainable and effective disease management at a farm level.

    Entry requirements
    • Senior Certificate or equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with appropriate experience
    Assessment to determine competence:
    • Group case studies during the presentation of the course
    • Written assessment at the end of the course
    About the course facilitator

    Bernard Tolllig matriculated in Pretoria and completed a three year National Diploma in Agriculture in 1978. He started his career in the Crop Protection arena joining Agricura as an Agricultural Technician. In 1982, Bernard decided to continue his studies and completed a Bsc. (Agric) in Plant Pathology at UP. Moving to Nelspruit, he joined FBC as a product development officer and regional advisor. After joining the newly established Lowveld Agricultural College in 1989 as a lecturer, he also obtained a B. Inst. (Agrar) Honours degree studying part time at UP.

    In 1991, Bernard joined BASF in Nelspruit where he was responsible for screening trials and product development of fungicides at the BASF Agricultural Research Station. After eight years, he was appointed as Regional manager for BASF in the Cape based in the Boland. The merger of BASF and Cyanamid provided Bernard with the opportunity to become the Market Manager for new projects in SA and SSA in 2001. This new challenge required an integration of all his cumulative job experiences. In 2002, Bernard was appointed in Johannesburg as the Technical Manager for BASF SA and SSA.

    After 19 years at BASF, Bernard decided in 2010 to work as a freelance consultant specialising in product development programmes, especially fungicides, training sessions, registrations and product claim related investigations.

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