Pest Management in Field Crops: Principles and Practices (HB)

Pest Management in Field Crops: Principles and Practices (HB)
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Pest Management in Field Crops: Principles and Practices (HB)

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PREFACE
Towards the end of the twenty first century our requirement for food grain is likely to be 220 million tonnes. As against this, the expected out put may be around 212 million tonnes. To make this deficit, we must save crops from pest menace and protect grains that are produced from being damaged while in storage. For successful management of pest it is a pre-requisite to understand the life cycle of pests. A good knowledge on life history, habitat, seasonal behaviour and life cycle form the basis for making decision regarding adoption of pest management. The book deals with major pests as well as those that is likely to become major pests in future if they are not managed besides the principle and concepts of pest management. Majority of pests have been dealt under the headings of common name, scientific name and distribution, symptoms of damage, mark of identification, life history and management with illustrations. The management of pests includes other than chemical methods termed as Integrated Pest Management IPM . I have striven hard to bring the comprehensive text book on Pest P Management in Field Crops Principles and Practices and I am sure that the book will meet the long felt need of the students, teachers, research workers and extension personals. I look forward to criticisms and constructive suggestion for the improvement of the book. I wish to place on record my indebtedness and gratitude to beloved Professor Dr. C. Ramasamy, Vice Chancellor, Dr. K. Vanagamudi, Dean, Agricultural College and Research Institute, and Dr. R. Samiyappan, Director, Centre for Plant Protection Studies Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, for their constant support and encouragement. I also wish to thank Dr. J. Pushpa, Associate Professor Extension and my post graduate student Dr. M. Amutha for their valuable assistance. I wish to thank many of the scientists and organizations who have provided photos, figures etc., which have been duly acknowledged. S. MANISEGARAN S May 15, 2007 Madurai
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
First and foremost, I owe my sincere gratitude to beloved Professor Dr. C. Ramasamy, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for his lofty inspiration and ideas, guidance and learned thoughts, candid and constructive criticisms, encouragement and support which enabled me to complete this book. I am immensely indebted to Dr. K. Vanagamudi, Dean, Agricultural College and Research Institute, Dr. R. Samiyappan, Director, Centre for Plant Protection Studies, Dr. S. Natarajan, Horticultural College Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and Dr. L. Nadarajan, Dean, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru College of Agriculture and Research Institute, Karaikal, for their constant support and encouragement during the course this work. I am extremely thankful to Deputy Director General Education , Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi for the financial support under ICAR Development Grant Funding. I would like to express my sincere thanks to Dr. V. Ramamoorthy, Dr. R.K. Anand, Dr. S. I. Farooqui, Division of Entomology and Dr. P. N. Chowdhry, Senor Scientist, Indian Type Culture Collection, IARI, New Delhi for the identification of insects and for their valuable taxonomic suggestions. I am much indebted for the exchange of experiences and opinions with Dr. David B. Orr,