Encyclopedic Dictionary of General and Applied Entomology has been written keeping in view the fact that different terminology employed in teaching and researchers on different aspects of studies on insects and their management is found in scattered sources. Moreover, in the last 3-4 decades, many developments have been made especially in economic entomology. An attempt has been made to present the terminology in entomology and pest management in the most authentic and comprehensive way keeping the requirements of teachers and researchers in mind. Most of the terms have been given in encyclopedic form.
Terms relating to the close relatives of insects such as mites and ticks and some other organisms which are pests of crops have also been included. Appendices giving useful information regarding various prefixes and suffixes used in formation of terms; and terms based on colour and shapes etc. have been included at the end for better understanding of the subject. Some useful literature for gaining more information about different terms is also listed.
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Dr. M S Dhooria, M.Sc. in Entomology from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (Punjab), did his Ph.D. in Entomology from IARI, New Delhi. He was awarded Junior Research Fellowship in M.Sc. and also awarded Senior Research Fellowship during Ph.D. by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi. Dr. Dhooria has more than 36 years of experience in teaching, research and extension education of entomology. He joined as Senior Entomologist in the Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, and retired in that capacity in 2006. He has published more than 125 research papers, contributed book chapters, attended many national and international conferences held on different aspects of insects and mites. Friendship Forum of India, New Delhi awarded him certificate of Honour and Gold Medal for his lifetime achievements in Entomology. He is a life fellow of Entomological Society of India, New Delhi; Indian Society for the Advancement of Insect Science, Ludhiana; and Acarological Society of India, Bangalore.