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£60.00 (£50.00 Concessionary)
This is a one-day course designed to introduce participants to the topic of plant health – this is a broad and complex subject area that can seem overwhelming to most people, so CREST aims to unpack some of the basic principles. The course is aimed at people working in agriculture or horticulture, recent graduates wanting to work in this field, and gardening enthusiasts who want to gain a better understanding of the pests and pathogens associated with plants. No previous knowledge is required, but completion of the course will be the minimum requirement for anyone wishing to participate in an intermediate ‘Plant Pathology’ course to be scheduled in early 2017. We will cover the following topics:
Steve and Sarah will shortly be publishing a book on Plant Pathology (through garland Science) it is aimed largely at undergraduates, and we've kept the information 'bite sized' and tangible. During the writing of this book we obtained some fantastic new images, (including electro-micrographs - that's serious magnification!), and many new insights into this topic that we will be sharing with course participants.
Your day at Fowlescombe Farm
After a brief introduction to the teaching team and the farm, we will start the day with a talk on how pathogens evolved alongside their hosts and the science behind infection. We will then study a range of pests and diseases using hand lenses and microscopes, then go for a short walk on site (optional) to see if we can identify any pests or pathogens that may be present. Back in the classroom, we will discuss methods for preventing and tackling plant diseases and pests.
NB. This is a basic course designed to introduce this complex subject, participants may choose to take this topic further with a 2 day intermediate course that will be scheduled for early 2017.
Participants wishing to join us on the optional walk should have sturdy footwear, and suitable clothing for walk around the farm – wet weather gear is advisable – just in case! Please bring a packed lunch with you as this is a full day's course - tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. You will be provided with a booklet to complete and writing materials, though you may choose to bring a book to make any additional notes.
Health and Safety
Before the visit you will be provided with a brief medical checklist that you will need to send to us prior to the visit. A risk assessment has been prepared and will be discussed in the trip briefing. A copy will also be included in your course booklet.