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ENT 609 RECENT TRENDS IN ENTOMOLOGY                                                                                 (3L+0P) III

Objective
To impart knowledge to students on recent developments in entomological research, extension and education.

Theory

UNIT I
Current topics in biosystematics, molecular and numerical approaches; DNA barcodes and biological names register; insect biodiversity and prospects for genetic transformation.

UNIT II
Chemical Ecology of agriculturally important insect pests; tri-trophic interactions; recombinant insect viruses in insect control; insect behavioural and morphological defenses against parasitoids; perception of sound and light by insect and their applications.

UNIT III
Ecological side effects of biological control. Bt crystal proteins and their mode of action; Cry genes in developing insect resistant transgenic crops.

UNIT IV
Advances in insecticide evaluation; ion channels as targets for insecticides cholinergic, octopamine and GABA receptors.

UNIT V
Recent advances in reproductive biology and endocrinology of insects. Reproductive parasitism and role of Wolbachia; transgenic insects; insect tissue culture; recent developments in sterile insect release programmes; insect gut protease and amylase inhibitors and lectins-their role in transgenic technology.

UNIT VI
Computer aided decision making and modeling; system approach in agro-ecosystem; remote sensing.

UNIT VII
Quarantine entomology; forensic entomology; urban entomology. International Standards for Phyto-sanitary Measures (ISPM’s).

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