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Pests of Fruit Crops in Kashmir: An Illustrated Colour Handbook

Desh Beer Singh (Author)

Contents: Preface. 1. Major fruit crops of the Kashmir region. 2. Major insect pests associated with the regional fruit crops. 3. Other associated pest species. 4. Biological control. 5. Insects as biocontrol agents. 6. Other predators. 7. Rational approach. References. Index.


On the onset the book provides overview on the main horticultural fruit crops of the Kashmir region (India) with details on production, productivity across various districts of the region and a comparison with the global standards. Pest spectrum of these major crops is then discussed as one of their major constraints on production; similar pest associations can also be found throughout the temperate region of India, and some of these pests even pose serious problems on fruit crops worldwide. Major pest species are illustrated, described and detailed for their economic losses, nature of damage, seasonality and management strategies. Illustrations provided in the book will serve as an essential reference source for professionals, extension workers, consultants, scientists, students, fruit growers and private gardeners.  Some of the most prevalent natural enemies are also detailed in order to promote their effective usage in any future biological control program. A tabulated account of the known major, minor and emerging pest species as well as the account of all the prevalent natural enemies is provided based on both the critical review of the scientific literature, and data generated by the authors from various field surveys.

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About the author

Desh Beer Singh

Dr. Desh Beer Singh is presently Principal Scientist (Horticulture) at Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (ICAR), Srinagar, J&K. He got his Masters degree from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana and Ph.D degree in the field of Horticulture from Agra University, Agra. His field of specialization is production and post harvest management of horticultural produce and its value addition. Further he has obtained advanced training from USDA, USA in the field of conservation of plant genetic resources and from RAS, Russia in the field of post harvest management of horticultural produce. Dr. Singh has also identified a new species of banana and several unexploited tribal fruits from Andaman forests. He has contributed 7 bulletins, 8 book chapters, and published more than 70 research papers and 3 books besides 40presentations in various national and international conferences (2 presentations awarded as best paper award). Dr. Singh has also guided students for their master's degree and M.Phil programme. He has been a part time faculty member of Institute of Business Management, Rau Bikaner and is also an invited member in Board of Post of Graduate Studies, Nagaland University, Nagaland. He is also life member of many professional societies like Indian Society of Horticulture, ISAE, and Indian Society of Arid Horticulture. He has been rewarded by SAARC Agricultural Information Center for his success story on production of pineapple round the year in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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Title Pests of Fruit Crops in Kashmir: An Illustrated Colour Handbook
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789390435760
length 172p.