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ENT 603 PESTS OF HORTICULTURAL AND PLANTATION CROPS                                                                                 (2L+1P) II

Objective
To impart knowledge on major pests of horticultural and plantation crops regarding the extent and nature of loss, seasonal history, and their integrated management.

Theory
Systematic position, identification, distribution, host range, bionomics and seasonal abundance, nature and extent of damage, and management of insect pests of various crops.

UNIT I
Fruit Crops - Mango, guava, banana, jack, papaya, pomegranate, litchi, grapes, ber, fig, citrus, aonla, pineapple, apple, peach and other temperate fruits.

UNIT II
Vegetable crops - Tomato, potato, radish, carrot, beetroot, cole crops, french beans, chow-chow, brinjal, okra, all gourds, gherkin, drumstick, leafy vegetables, etc.

UNIT III
Plantation crops - Coffee, tea, rubber, coconut, arecanut, cashew, cocoa, etc.

UNIT IV
Spices and Condiments - pepper, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, chillies, turmeric, ginger, beetle vine, etc.

UNIT V
Ornamental, medicinal and aromatic plants and their pests in polyhouses/protected cultivation.

Practicals
Collection and identification of important pests and their natural enemies on different crops, study of life history of important insect pests and non-insect pests.

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