Course Information
FacultyAgriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID420001957

Programme of Study: PPS Geōponías (2019-sīmera)

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses belonging to the other635
FYTIKĪS PARAGŌGĪSCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)635

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Total Hours79
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
On completing this course students will be able to: 1. Identify agriculture, horticulture, pasture and natural system weeds. 2. Understand their biology and physiological processes that make them successful weeds. 3. Make informed decisions about weed management in general and in specific agronomic, horticultural, and non-crop situations. 4. Select the user-friendly (low acute toxicity, low chronic toxicity, safe formulation and packaging, easy application method, long store stability), biologically efficient (high selectivity, fast impact, optimal residual activity, good plant tolerance, low risk of resistance), economically viable (good cost/profit ratio for farmer, broad use, applicability in IPM, innovative product characteristics, competitive), and environmentally safe (i.e. low toxicity to non-target organisms, fast degradation in the environment, low mobility in soil, low application rate) herbicides to control weeds in different circumstances. 5. Understand soil-herbicide interactions and particularly the factors affecting herbicide activity, selectivity, field persistence and fate in the environment. 6. Select the most appropriate herbicide formulations and perform the application by using modern and adequately maintained spraying equipment and by taking the necessary safety precautions. 7. Understand the mode of action of the major groups of herbicides along with their efficacy against the weeds and crop selectivity. 8. Design a weed management program for herbicide-resistant weeds. 9. Use herbicide-resistant crops for weed management.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to weed science and particularly on weed biology, weed control practices, herbicides and the plant, herbicide and the soil, herbicide formulations and application equipment, mode of action of herbicides, weed resistance to herbicides, and herbicide resistant crops. In particular, this course includes a consideration of plant characteristics that contribute to weediness (successful weed), such as growth habit, competitive ability, allelopathic potential, reproduction, dormancy and seed germination, seed viability, and seed dispersion. A part of the course deals with practical aspects of weed management, including mechanical, cultural, biological and chemical approaches. The herbicide activity (herbicide absorption, translocation and mechanism of action) is covered along with the herbicide metabolism in plants and the herbicide selectivity. Additionally, the herbicide dissipation processes (adsorption, volatilization, leaching, removal by plants, chemical degradation, photochemical degradation and microbial decomposition), the factors affecting activity and selectivity of soil applied herbicides along with the adverse effects of herbicides on the environment are presented. Also, the herbicide formulations, the application equipment, the ground sprayer calibration and the classification of herbicide application treatments are discussed. Furthermore, the mechanism-mode of action of the major herbicide groups (herbicides-inhibiting light processes, herbicides-inhibiting cell metabolism, and herbicides-inhibiting growth/cell division) is covered, along with discussion on weed resistance to herbicides and on herbicide resistant crops. The lab courses (field practicals) aim to provide to the students great experience in weed identification, herbicide activity and selectivity, herbicide formulations and application equipment.
Weed, herbicide, weed management, herbicide and plant, herbicides and environment
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
The instructor will make use a laptop to convey the information. Discussion will be strongly encouraged. There will be opportunities for students to share their learning with the class. Labs will be hands-on and focusing on weed identification, herbicide activity and selectivity, herbicide formulations and application equipment.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work25
Student Assessment
Written exams contribute 75% on the final score Oral exams on Lab excercises contribute 25% on the final score The successful oral exams in the Lab are prerequisite for the written exams.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ζιζανιολογία: Ζιζάνια-Ζιζανιοκτόνα-Περιβάλλον-Αρχές και Μέθοδοι Διαχείρισης. Η.Γ. Ελευθεροχωρινός, 2014. Εκδόσεις Αγροτύπος Α.Ε. Αθήνα. 432 σελ. Ζιζάνια: Οδηγός αναγνώρισης. Η.Γ. Ελευθεροχωρινός και Κ.Ν. Γιαννοπολίτης, 2009. Εκδόσεις Αγροτύπος Α.Ε. Αθήνα. 270 σελ.
Additional bibliography for study
Anderson, W.P. 2007. Weed Science: Principles and Applications. Third edition, West Publishing Co. 388 p. Monaco, J.T., S.C. Weller and F.M. Ashton. 2002. Weed Science: Principles and Practices, 4th ed. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. New York. 671 p.
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