655 pages, 40 colour & 345 b/w photos and illustrations, 378 colour tables
Mealybugs and Their Management in Agricultural and Horticultural Crops is a compilation of information on all basic aspects of mealybugs, as well as management strategies for mealybug species affecting different crop plants in different countries. It highlights the latest information on morphology, cytogenetics, taxonomy, molecular characterization, biology, damage, ecology, natural enemies, ant association, control measures, insecticide resistance and pheromones – essential aspects which will equip researchers to pursue further research on mealybugs. Mealybugs and Their Management in Agricultural and Horticultural Crops examines current trends in the management of mealybugs for a variety of agricultural and horticultural crops, forest plants and mulberry in different countries, while also addressing the negative effects of chemical control methods and presenting success stories of mealybug control that utilize their natural enemies. It offers a valuable guide for crop growers, government officials and other stakeholders in the industry, as well as researchers and students engaged in related research and development activities.
Part I - Mealybugs
4. Molecular identification of mealybugs
6. Culturing of mealybugs
7. Mode of Spread of Mealybugs
9. Mealybugs As Vectors
10. Economic Importance
12. Natural enemies of Mealybugs
13. Semiochemicals in Mealybugs
14. Ant Association
15. Methods of control
16. Instecticide Resistance and its Management in Mealybugs
17. Mealybug Alikes
PART II - Management of mealybugs in Agricultural and Horticultural crops
26. Jute and allied fibre crops
28. Fruits: Apple
33. Passion Fruit
35. Pistachio and almond
48. Custard Apple
52. Vegetable Crops
53. Tuber Crops
54. Ornamental Plants
56. Medicinal plants
57. Plantation Crops
60. Oil Palm
65. Forage crops and grasses
66. Forest Plants
67. Glass, Green and Poly House Crops
68. Root Mealybugs
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Dr. M. Mani is an agricultural scientist with over 35 years of R&D experience in the entomological research. He has served in Indian council of Agricultural Research and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. His focal subject is pest control in horticultural crops including grapes.He has done wok on mealybugs for 35 years. Currently he is an Emeritus professor of ICAR, New Delhi. He got seven awards including life time achievement for his contribution to the research in horticulture entomology. He is associated with five scientific bodies. The author has published two books in 2013. A Wonder Predator (Cryptolaemus) by Lap Lambert Academic Publishing Company, Germany, and The Grape Entomology by Springer.
Dr. C. Shivaraju has worked extensively on insects infesting several agricultural and horticultural crops in Indian Institute of Horticultural Research and National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects both located at Bangalore. Particularly, he contributed significantly in research on eucalyptus and papaya pest management. He has co-authored two books – A Wonder Predator (Cryptolaemus) and The Grape Entomology.