PL PATH 516  PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF IDM/IPM                                                                 (3L+2P) I

To impart knowledge to the students on principles and practices of integrated disease/ pest management in different crops.


History, concept and philosophy of IDM/IPM, Current status (National and International) of IPM implementation.

Agricultural Pests of national importance, Major past epidemics, Survey and Surveillance and crop loss assessment; Important Weeds and their management, Agroecosystems, habitat management and conservation of natural enemies and their significance in IDM/IPM, Cultural, Mechanical and Physical Control Measures, genetic resistance / GM crops with special emphasis on cotton, rice, maize, soybean, tomato, canola etc. scouting / Economic Injury Levels /Action thresholds / Pheromone Monitoring and mass trapping of pests of rapeseed mustard, pearl millet, vegetable and fruits

Bio-pesticides / bio-agents / botanicals / Quality parameters, registration, mass production and their integrated field use against different insect pests/diseases/nematodes etc.

Chemical control: Major pesticides and their classification, Pesticide Acts, Registration, Growth of pesticide industry, dosage calculation, pest resurgence, Insecticide Resistance Management, IDM/IPM compatible Pesticides.

Concept of environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ), regulatory and Quarantine Measures, Quality control of IPM Inputs, forecasting of important pests in the country and Pest Risk Analysis

Base line studies for identification of crop based problems and socio-economic benchmarks; synthesis and development of  IDM/IPM modules, data recording, on-farm validation and promotion of IPM, including important case studies and impact analysis, expert Systems in IDM/ IPM, On-line Monitoring, role of  media and information technology including Networking solutions; future trends in Pest management

Diagnosis of key pests and their natural enemies, demonstration of field preparation, cultural practices such as solarization / mulching etc., pesticide dosage calculations and Economic threshold levels for major pests ; determination of Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ), preparation methods for Neem based and other locally produced IPM inputs/formulations and their use, bioassay / field evaluation methods for major biocontrol agents and other eco-friendly inputs, Scouting/Agro- ecosystem analysis and use of traps / lures mass production technologies for bioagents, exercises in synthesis of  IDM/IPM modules, procedures and methodology forIDM/IPM validation/ implementation of IDM/IPM programmes: collection of baseline information, field Excursion to IDM/IPM validation sites/fields, rice, vegetables, cotton, statistical Procedures in IPM, Forecasting/ Forewarning / Simulation Models, use of Information Technology in IDM/IPM and decision support system, exercise in Pest Risk Analysis, GIS/GPS in digitization of hotspot maps

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