Expert system for identification of natural enemies of tobacco pests
Keywords:Insect pests, tobacco, expert system, biocontrol agents
Insect pests are one of the important constraints in production and storage of quality tobacco. Identification ofÂ insect pests and their natural enemies (biocontrol agents) is one of the important aspects in integrated pestÂ management (IPM). Identification of natural enemies of tobacco insect pests involves recognition and the stageÂ at which the natural enemies attack the pest. Based on this, an expert system was developed for identification ofÂ natural enemies and disease symptoms caused by entomopathogens on tobacco insect pests. Using this system,Â user can access information available on the natural enemies, their potential in controlling a specific pest andÂ impact of pesticides on the natural enemies. This system provides information on biocontrol agents of tobaccoÂ insect pests and their use at proper stage of the pests to scientists, extension workers involved in agricultureÂ development, farmers and students. Using this system one can identify the major insect pests and their biocontrolÂ agents for effective decision making in insect pest management in tobacco and to adopt good agricultural practices.Â It will help the clientele in decision making to integrate biocontrol agents in IPM of tobacco.
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