Study programmes / B-ARB Arboristics / Wood Pests
Course code:SKDR
Course title in language of instruction:Škůdci dřevin
Course title in Czech:Škůdci dřevin
Course title in English:Wood Pests
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2/2 (hours weekly/ hours weekly/ days in semester); part-time, 19/0/0 (h/h/days in semester)
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week; part-time, lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FFWT
Name of lecturer:Mgr. Josef Kašák, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Ing. Ondřej Košulič, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Ing. Petr Martinek (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Bc. Ing. Kamila Surovcová (instructor)
Aims of the course:Inform the students about major pests (diagnosis, species ecology, control) of single tree and bush spesies and using possibilities of useful insect species on the trees and surroundings.
Course contents:
1.Introduction (allowance 4/0)
a.The role of animals in tree protection
b.Main taxonomic groups of tree pests
c.Animals - vectors of pathogens
d.Insect ecology

2.Tree protection (allowance 4/0)
a.The basic rules of tree protection
b.Biological tree protection
c.Tree protectiion of nurseries and plantations

3.The insect pests (allowance 1/10)
a.Insect pests of broadleaves
b.Insect pests of conifers
c.Insect pests of shrubs

4.Other pest groups (allowance 2/1)
a.Tree mites
b.Damages caused by vertebrates
c.Invasive tree pests

5.Phytosanitary (allowance 1/1)
a.Phytosanitary bases
b.Consultations of concrete cases

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-capacity to learn
-professional knowledge
-science and research skills
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to execute laboratory experiments
-Ability to recognize, determine, distinguish and systematize various biotic and abiotic objects
-Competences and skills to do the hazard tree assessment
-Knowledge of laws connected with the urban green
-Tree evaluation capability

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:compulsory 80% seminar presence, fulfilment of the credit conditions from the field knowing of the pests, exam (5 credits).
Seminar: recognition of 20 pest species (imago, larva or damage) + main characteristics - occurrence period, hosts etc. - 8O% presnece, 60 minutes.
Exam: written, topics: morphology, taxonomy and ekology of insects, manipulation with pesticides, integrated pest management, invasive species, transmission of pathogens etc. - 60 minutes, A = 95%, B = 90%, C = 80%, D = 70%, E = 60%, F = 50%.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h24 h
     practice24 h24 h
     professional educational excursion16 h0 h
     consultation1 h17 h
     preparation for exam30 h30 h
     preparation for regular assessment45 h45 h
Total140 h140 h

Basic reading list
  • TOMICZEK, C. et al. Atlas chorob a škůdců okrasných dřevin. 1st ed. Brno: Biocont Laboratory, 219 p. ISBN 80-901874-5-5.
  • KOLAŘÍK, J. et al. Péče o dřeviny rostoucí mimo les. Vlašim: ČSOP, 2005. 720 p. Metodika Českého svazu ochránců přírody ;. ISBN 80-86327-44-2.
Recommended reading list
  • NIENHAUS, F. -- HELEBRANT, L. -- BUTIN, H. -- BÖHMER, B. Atlas chorob a škůdců okrasných dřevin. 3rd ed. Praha: Brázda, 1998. 287 p. ISBN 80-209-0275-9.
  • HARTMANN, G. -- BUTIN, H. -- NIENHAUS, F. Atlas poškození lesních dřevin: diagnóza škodlivých činitelů a vlivů : 517 barevných foto. 3rd ed. Praha: Brázda, 2001. 289 p. ISBN 80-209-0297-X.
  • Colour atlas of pests of ornamental trees, shrubs and flowers. London: Manson, 1995. 448 p. ISBN 1-874545-34-0.