Biological control of major insect pests of vegetable crops


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Authors

  • Jaydeep Halder ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221 305
  • P A Divekar ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221 305
  • Singh Majumder ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221 305
  • Kuldeep Srivastava ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221 305

Abstract

Biological control is widely acclaimed due to its target specificity, self-perpetuity and safety to the environment. Biological pest control is mainly achieved by using different parasitoids, predators and microscopic parasitic organisms. Large size organisms, visible with naked eyes, include mainly parasitoids (Trichogramma spp.) and predators (lady bird beetle, green lace wing etc.). Entomopathogenic organisms include bacteria (Bacillus thuringiensis, B. papillae etc.), viruses (Nuclear polyhedrosis virus, Granulosis virus etc.), fungi (Beauveria bassiana, Metarhizium anisopliae, Lecanicillium (=Verticillium) lecanii, etc.), or nematodes (Steinernema). The role of these organisms in the management of major vegetable insect pests of tomato, brinjal, okra and cole crops, etc. is discussed herein.

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Submitted

2023-05-02

Published

2023-05-02

How to Cite

Halder, J., Divekar, P. A., Majumder, S., & Srivastava, K. (2023). Biological control of major insect pests of vegetable crops. Indian Horticulture, 68(2), 99-102. https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/IndHort/article/view/135863