Pests and Pathogens: Management Strategies

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Summary

The need and demand to feed the ever-increasing global population pose major challenges for increasing crop productivity in an eco-friendly manner. The cultivation of crops under input-intensive conditions has however resulted in an enhanced vulnerability of high-yielding cultivars to a multitude of pests and pathogens at all phenological stages. The disease spectrum and intensity are continuously changing because of the dynamic nature of crop systems, pests and pathogens. Disease management has therefore become the major functional component of the crop production systems.

This reference volume and manual covers the complete spectrum of current issues in pest and pathogen disease management:

  • Insect pests: pathogens of rice, sorghum, chickpea and castor and their management;
  • Molecular marker-assisted breeding and transgenic crops for disease management;
  • Management of forest insect pests;
  • Effect of climate change on insects, pathogens, plants and pesticide usage;
  • Botanicals & microbial pesticides and insect resistance to synthetic pesticides, and
  • Integrated pest management and bioinformatics' solutions.

The text is supported by a full color photograph section. Most chapters represent studies down in India and South East Asia. Scientists and practitioners working in other subtropical and tropical areas will also benefit from the information and strategies provided in this volume. Edited by three experienced specialists, this volume will benefit researchers and professionals in crop science, plant diseases and bioinformatics.

Table of Contents

1. Insect Pests of Rice in India and their Management
J. S. Bentur

2. Rice Diseases of Importance and the Management Options in India
C. S. Reddy

3. Biotechnological Approaches for Management of Grain Mold Disease of Sorghum
K. Ulaganathan

4. Major Biotic Stresses of Chickpea and Strategies for their Control
Gurjar G, Mishra M, Kotkar H, Upasani M, Soni P, Tamhane V, Kadoo N, Giri A and Gupta V

5. Potential of Transgenic Grain Legumes for Pest Management and Sustainable Crop Production
H.C. Sharma, M.K. Dhillon, Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur, K.K. Sharma, and Mike Butterfield

6. Integrated Pest Management in Grain Legume Crops in India
G.V. Ranga Rao and V. Rameshwar Rao

7. Insect Pests of Castor (Ricinus communis L) and their Management Strategies
M. Sujatha, P.S. Vimala Devi and T.P. Reddy

8. Biology and Management of Forest Insect Pests
R.W. Alexander Jesudasan

9. Botanical Pesticides for Management of Insect Pests in Field and Stored Rice
Anand Prakash, Jagadiswari Rao and V. Nandagopal

10. Botanicals for the Management of Phytonematodes
Archana U Singh, Vijendra Singh and D. Prasad

11. Microbial Chitinases as Potential Biopesticides
Appa Rao Podile and Ch. Neeraja

12. Insect Resistance to Pyrethroid with Special Reference to the Cotton Bollworm
Ashraf O. Abd El-Latif and B. Subrahmanyam

13. Effect of Climate Change on Insects, Pathogens, Plants and Pesticide Usage
B. Vasantharaj David and G. Shankar

14. Molecular Marker-assisted Breeding for Improving Disease Resistance in Crop Plants
B.M. Prasanna and Firoz Hossain

15. Antimicrobial Peptides and Production of Disease Resistant Transgenic Plants
Ramadevi R, Rao KV, and Reddy VD

16. Plant Lectins and their Utilization for Development of Insect Resistant Transgenic Crop Plants
Y. Bharathi, T.P. Reddy, V.D. Reddy and K.V. Rao

17. Insect-Resistant Transgenic Crops
B. Kiran Kumar and P. Ananda Kumar

18. Bioinformatics with Solutions in Pest Management Science: An Insight into the Evolving Technologies
U.S.N Murty and Amit Kumar Banerjee

19. Concepts and Components of Integrated Pest Management
P. Nagaraja Rao and Asif Tanweer

Colour Photographs of all chapters

Editor Bio(s)

Dr. Dashavantha Reddy Vudem is working as Professor at the Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Osmania University. His research interests include molecular biology of biotic and abiotic stress tolerance in crop plants. Recognized as an excellent scientist and teacher, he is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and received the Visiting ScientistAward of the Rockefeller Foundation, NewYork, USA.

Dr. Nagaraja Rao Poduri is Professor, Department of Zoology, Osmania University. For many years he has done pioneering research with emphasis on insect ecology, physiology, molecular biology; applied entomology and bioinformatics. He is the recipient of several fellowships for his achievements.

Dr. Venkateswara Rao Khareedu is a Professor at the Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Osmania University, having many years of teaching and research experience in functional genomics, genetic engineering of crop plants for abiotic and biotic stress tolerance, he has been elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India. He received the Visiting Scientist and Biotechnology Career fellowships of the Rockefeller Foundation, NewYork, USA.