Management of Insect Pests of Horticultural Crops
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PREFACE With changing cropping patterns of cultivation of vegetables with land using high rate of fertilizers, the infestation of insect pests has assumed a special significance. It has been observed that all stages of vegetables from germination planting to maturity are attacked by large spectrum of insect pests, which causes considerable damage resulting into economic loss to the growers. In order to protect the vegetable crops from the losses incurred due to infestation of insect pests, use of pesticides is increasing day by day. Since, pesticides are hazardous, cause pollution problem and moreover, contaminate the vegetables with residues, which directly and indirectly affect the health of the consumer. In this context, vegetable protection strategies are needed to reduce pesticides. Integrated pest management IPM approach has helped in achieving desired success in reducing pesticide pressure. This situation has prompted us to write the present text entitled "Management of Insect Pests of Horticultural Crops" which is intended to meet the requirement of student of agriculture at under graduate and post graduate level, extension workers and farmers. This text book contains the details of insect pests of important vegetables, fruits and ornamental plants, their host range, identification, life cycle and the control strategy including description of effective IPM modules in a simple and lucid form. We express our gratitude to the scientists of Department of Entomology, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur for timely constructive suggestions which are included in this compendium. Suggestions for improvement are warmly invited and shall be thankfully appreciated.
H.C.L. Gupta O.P. Ameta V.K. Chechani
CONTENTS Preface INTRODUCTION INSECT PESTS OF MALVACEOUS CROPS INSECT PESTS OF COLE CROPS INSECT PESTS OF SOLANACEOUS VEGETABLES INSECT PESTS OF CUCURBITACEOUS VEGETABLES INSECT PESTS OF LEGUMINOUS VEGETABLES INSECT PESTS OF ROOT CROPS INSECT PESTS OF BULBOUS VEGETABLES INSECT PESTS OF LEAFY AND SALAD VEGETABLES INSECT PESTS OF SWEET POTATO INSECT PESTS OF MANGO INSECT PESTS OF CITRUS INSECT PESTS OF GUAVA