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Mealybugs and their Management in Agriculture and Horticultural Crops

  • Comprehensively accounts for mealybugs and their interaction with crops
  • Presents a unique compilation of mealybug pest management across different agricultural ecosystems
  • Addresses the issues of mealybug management in a range of important field, fruit, vegetable, orchids, ornamentals and root crops

By: M Mani(Editor), C Shivaraju(Editor)

655 pages, 40 colour & 345 b/w photos and illustrations, 378 colour tables


Hardback | Feb 2016 | #230612 | ISBN-13: 9788132226758
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NHBS Price: £199.99 $257/€222 approx

About this book

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
1. Mealybugs
2. Cytogenetics
3. Taxonomy
4. Molecular identification of mealybugs
5. Biology
6. Culturing of mealybugs
7. Mode of Spread of Mealybugs
8. Damage
9. Mealybugs As Vectors
10. Economic Importance
11. Ecology
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
18. Rice
19. Wheat
20. Barley
21. Groundnut
22. Sunflower
23. Pulses
24. Soybean
25. Cotton
26. Jute and allied fibre crops
27. Sugarcane
28. Fruits: Apple
29. Pears
30. Plum
31. Peaches
32. Persimmon
33. Passion Fruit
34. Apricot
35. Pistachio and almond
36. Strawberry
37. Grapes
38. Citrus
39. Guava
40. Mango
41. Papaya
42. Pineapple
43. Avocodo
44. Banana
45. Sapota
46. Pomegranate
47. Ber
48. Custard Apple
49. Phalsa
50. Litchi
51. Jackfruit
52. Vegetable Crops
53. Tuber Crops
54. Ornamental Plants
55. Orchids
56. Medicinal plants
57. Plantation Crops
58. Rubber
59. Cashew.
60. Oil Palm
61. Spices
62. Mulberry
63. Tobacco
64. Jatropa
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.

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