Pest Management in Horticulture Crops
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orticulture crops contribute significantly not only in strengthening the economy o f a coun try but also provide a broad range o f products with high nutritive value and thus play a vital role in shaping the health o f human populations. But these crops are attacked by a large number o f pests, mainly the insects, which cause huge economic losses. Over the years, man has been striving hard to protect these crops and in this struggle, his main emphasis has been to minimize the economic damage without any adverse effects on human populations and environment. Dif ferent methods were devised and tried from time to time which yielded varied results reducing the damaging potential o f almost all the pests. Appropriate use o f different methods resulted in satis factory control o f some o f the serious pests. The present book provides detailed information on the management o f pests o f almost all the tropical, subtropical and temperate horticulture crops. This book is divided in two parts Part I explains the principles while Part II deals with the practices followed in the pest management o f horticulture crops. First nine chapters are devoted to the principles o f pest management. Ecological approaches and strategies o f pest management which help in developing efficient and reliable techniques and tools re quired for pest management are discussed in detail in these chapters. Different aspects o f biological, cultural, mechanical and regulatory control are also appropriately highlighted. Use o f insecticides, sta tus and scope o f insect growth regulators and the role o f semiochemicals for pest control are also dealt with in detail. Keeping in view the recent scientific developments, indigenous technology knowledge and the genetic engineering techniques used for pest management have also been discussed. Pest control practices used in pest management form the subject matter from chapter 10 through 27. Detailed information on the biological and ecological aspects and diverse strategies practised for effective control o f pests o f horticulture crops are given in different chapters. This book is intended to provide a clear overview o f the principles and practices o f pest man agement in horticulture crops and should serve as a useful source o f information to the scientists as well as to orchardists and farmers alike. It will also serve as a text reference book to the teach ers, postgraduate students and researchers. The editors wish to thank all the contributors for putting the exhaustive information in a sys tematic way in the form o f chapters. L .R .
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