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Pictorial Handbook for Diagnosis and Management of Fruit Crop Pests, Volume I

P Parvatha Reddy (Author) Pictorial Corp Pests Series

The destructive pests (insect and mite pests; fungal, bacterial, viral/mycoplasma, and nematode diseases) are posing a formidable challenge in the successful cultivation of fruit crops. The enormous losses caused by these enemies of farmers have drawn the attention of agriculturists and policy makers. Recent years have witnessed an upsurge in the incidence and accentuation of pest problems of fruit crops that are attributable to changing cropping patterns, intensive cultivation, and shift towards water saving techniques. Meager representation of crop protection specialists in extension set-up, both in public and private sector, has impacted the proper diagnosis of pest problems. Proper identification of fruit crop pests is still a great problem at this time. Wrong identification is responsible for the improper pest management recommendations.


Hence, the idea of documenting a simple pictorial approach to facilitate pest/ disease/nematode diagnosis by non-specialists (state govt. officials, agriculturists, horticulturists, extension workers from related disciplines, corporate sector workers) who are engaged in field work was perceived. This compendium on “Pictorial Handbook for Diagnosis and Management of Fruit Crop Pests. Vol. 1” is a maiden effort to aid pest diagnosis and management. The purpose of this book is to enlist major tropical, sub-tropical, temperate and semi-arid fruit crop pest/disease/nematode problems of the country, and pictorial depiction of their field symptoms with excellent photographs. Management of fruit crop pests have been dealt in detail using regulatory, physical, cultural, chemical, biological methods, host resistance and integrated pest management.


This book will serve as a field guide for all those engaged in diagnosing fruit crop pest problems in field and their management. It can also serve as a practical guide to practicing farmers of vegetable crops. Further, it is a useful reference to policy makers, research and extension workers and students. The material can also be used for teaching under-graduate and post-graduate courses in crop protection.

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About the author

P Parvatha Reddy

Dr. P. Parvatha Reddy obtained his Ph.D. degree jointly from the University of Florida, USA and the university of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.  Dr. Reddy served as the Director of the prestigious Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (IIHR) at Bangalore from 1999 to 2002 during which period the Institute was honoured with "ICAR Best Institution Award".  He also served as the Head, Division of Entomology and Nematology at IIHR. Dr. Reddy has over 237 scientific publications to his credit, which also include six books on "Plant Nematology".  "A Treatise on Phytonematology", "Integrated Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems", "Advances in IPM for Horticultural crops", "IPM in Horticultural Crops: Emerging Trends in New Millennium" & "Organic Farming for Sustainable Horticulture: Principles & Practices".  Dr. Reddy served as a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, New Delhi; the National Research Centre for Citrus, Nagpur and the Project Directorate of Biological Control, Bangalore.  He also served as a Member of the ICAR Scientific Panel for Nematology, Member of the QRT to review the progress of AICRP on Nematodes and AINRP on Betelvine.  He is the Honorary Fellow of the Society for Plant Protection Sciences, New Delhi.  Dr. Reddy has been awarded with the prestigious "Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems Award" by Association for Advancement of Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems, Bangalore; "Prof. H.M. Shah Memorial Award" by Nematological Society of India, New Delhi and "Hexamar Agricultural Research and Development Foundation Award" by Plant Protection Association of India, Hyderabad.

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Title Pictorial Handbook for Diagnosis and Management of Fruit Crop Pests, Volume I
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.07.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789390611850