Pest Control Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture

June 2019


Taking the corn rootworm as an example, discover which strategies are in place to control pests, their advantages and disadvantages, and the role that basic research has to play in developing new, sustainable strategies. Pick and try one of the following strategies in the interactive video:

  • Insecticides
  • Genetically modified plants
  • Naturally resistant plants
  • Crop rotation
  • Biological control


flashMOOCs der Universität Bern, Porträtbild von Matthias Erb.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Erb

Matthias Erb studies the interactions between plants and insect pests at molecular, chemical, and ecological level. He focuses in particular on the effects of plant fragrances and secondary substances. In his role as Director of the Interfaculty Research Cooperation «One Health», he also has a significant part to play in closing the circle that leads from plants to the health of animals and humans.

Award Certificate

flashMOOCs der Universität Bern, Finalist MEDEA Award

Finalist MEDEA Awards

The flashMOOC "Pest Control Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture" was nominated for the MEDEA Awards 2020. The film prevailed against numerous international entries and participated with six other finalists in the award ceremony. We are very happy that our e-learning approach was met with interest and shown in front of a large audience.


Control Insect Pests - The Western Corn Rootworm of University of Bern (Author: Matthias Erb) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.