Phytopharmacy (Bachelor)

Course title:

Phytopharmacy (Bachelor)

Course code:




In-class hours



Laboratory work/Tutorials:


Self-preparation hours

Practical training:




Total hours:




Study cycle:



Winter & Summer


Faculty of Plant Protection and Agriecology

Name of the lecturer(s):

Assoc. Prof. Donyo Ganchev, PhD

Mode of delivery:

Face-to-face, distance learning


Chemistry, Statistics

Learning outcomes of the course unit:

Phytopharmacy delivers the basic mandatory knowledge for pesticides – EU requirements, Legislation,  uses, research and development of plant protection products. The students receive skills for the right calculation of doses and concentrations as and emergency procedures in case of pesticide poisoning.  

Course contents:

1. Basic pharmacy and toxicology terms. The novel tendency in the area of pesticide science 

2. Mode of action of pesticides

3. Resistance and integrated resistance management

4. Environmental influence of pesticides

5. Environmental fate of pesticides

6. Combining of pesticides

7. Emergency procedures in case of pesticide poisoning and personal protection equipment

8. Calculation of doses and concentrations of pesticides

9. Phytotoxicity

10. Economic decision system  for pesticides treatments

11. Pesticides research and development process

12. Pesticide formulations

13. Physicochemical properties of pesticides

14. Classification of pesticides

15. Fungicides

16. Insecticides

17. Other zoocides

18. Repellents,  antifeedants   and attractants

19. Multicides

20. Naturally friendly pesticides

Recommended or required reading:

1. Queensland Government. Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries. 2005. Agricultural chemical users' manual.

2. Radcliffe, E., W. Hutchinson, R. Cancelado. 2008. Integrated pest management. Cambridge University Press

3. Kramer, W. and U. Schirmer. 2007. Modern Crop Protection Compounds. Wiley-VCH

4.  Hond, F., P. Groenewegen, N. van Straalen. 2003. Pesticides – problems, improvements, alternatives. Blackwell Science

5. Stenersen J. 2004. Chemical Pesticides – mode of action and toxicology. CRC Press

6.  Wilson M. 2003. Optimising Pesticide Use. Wiley press

Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

Laboratory and field preparation of pesticide solutions – Bordeaux and lime-sulfur mixtures

Field determination of TRV, UCR and LWA

Laboratory and field screening for pesticide activity 

Assessment methods and criteria:

Doses and concentrations calculation test, Written exam