Online courses

The CABI Academy is an online learning platform for users around the globe. Our courses turn the latest research and innovations into practical, action-based resources and learning activities.We partner with world-leading universities, research organisations, and businesses to ensure the learnings from our courses are the most up-to-date and applicable to real life.

Crop Pest Diagnosis

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We have brought together our expertise in plant health and diseases for users around the globe. Our new course is a self-study course in Crop Pest Diagnosis. This course is beginner’s guide designed to help learners to diagnose pests, diseases and their symptoms in the field.

Module 1, symptoms, shows the typical symptoms you will encounter. Module 2, insects and mites, looks at the pests that cause plant damage. In module 3, causes, you will learn to recognise the common causes of many symptoms. In Module 4, nutrient deficiencies, you will learn to spot the symptoms associated with nutrient deficiency. In module 5, practising Diagnostics, you will learn exercises to help you practice and prepare for the Practitioner assessment. In the final module you will gain the Foundation or Practitioner certificate in Crop Pest Diagnosis.

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Crop Pest Management

The Crop Pest Management course is a newly developed self-study online course. The course takes knowledge from the latest research and applies this to real-life situations. The course will help learners to develop strategies to manage pests and diseases on important crops.

There are eight module the course will take learners through. Each section is dedicated to an important topic which will enable learners to effectively manage pests. The modules are: introduction and definitions, economics, bacteria, oomycetes, fungi, insects & mites, viruses, chemical applications & restrictions. The final module is the certification which you will receive to show your participation in the course.

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Other Resources


Using natural pest control on your coffee crops – what are the benefits and how do you do it? Our guide takes you through the steps from start to finish to help you start using safer pest control.

Pest Management

Storage, handling, timing and method of application of biological based approaches to pest management can be critical in ensuring efficacy of the product. Here you will find a selection of resources that will support you in maximising the impact of these agents in your production system.

Pest Identification

Knowing the identity of your problem pest is critical to sourcing an effective means of managing the pest. Here we provide guidance and tools to help pest identification, and also potentially develop your diagnostic skills.

Types of biocontrol agents

A better understanding of the range of biocontrol agents and the way in which they interact with the target pest can help in the selection of a suitable agent for your production system, but also provide insight into how they can be more effectively used. Here we provide additional information and resources to provide more information on these novel approaches.

Definition of biocontrol

A more sustainable approach to the management of agricultural and environmental pests is the use of biological control (or biocontrol). Here we briefly explain the definition of biocontrol and the different types of biocontrol methods for managing pest problems.