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Insect Predators in Pest Management

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ISBN 9781032441764
April 11, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
344 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Pests cause economic damage to crop and stored products, while vectors are responsible for transmission of disease-causing agents in human beings and livestock. Application of synthetic pesticides in agriculture though has given immediate relief but has also caused well known side effects, leading to a consensus among entomologists and agriculturists to shift towards other ecofriendly pest management. Insect natural enemies consisting of predators, parasitoids and pathogens have attracted the attention of scientists across the globe. These natural enemies exist in agroecosystems and suppress the populations of pests. Parasitoids are farmers’ friends and most successful group of natural enemies. Highly specialized in their host choice, female parasitoid searches for a suitable host to lay eggs and larvae in or on or near the hosts. Exploiting this potency of parasitoids may yield successful results in controlling notorious pests in an ecofriendly way.

This book covers information on the important biocontrol agents effective in pest suppression. It starts with insect parasitic groups followed by specific group of parasitoids. It is hoped that the book presents a comprehensive account of beneficial parasitoids and will be useful to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of Entomology, Biological Control, Plant Protection, Agricultural Zoology and Zoology, besides those involved in competitive examinations and policy planning.


  • Each chapter has been written by specialized senior persons.
  • Every chapter contains Learning Objectives and Points to Remember.
  • This book offers comprehensive knowledge of parasitoids and their application in pest management in a lucid way.

Table of Contents

1. Insect Predators

2. Reduviid Predators

3. The Flower Bugs (Anthocoridae)

4. Mirid and Geocorid Predators

5. Asopinae (Pentatomidae) Predators

6. Chrysopids(Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)

7. Ground Beetles (Coleoptera:Carabidae)

8. Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera:Coccinellidae)

9. Syrphid Predators (Diptera: Brachycera)

10. Predators of Mite Pests

11. Aquatic Insects

12. Insects in Weed Management

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Professor Omkar is a former Professor and Head, Department of Zoology, University of Lucknow, India. For his unique contribution to science, Professor Omkar has been conferred with Fellowship by The National Academy of Sciences, India (FNASc) along with other prestigious fellowships. With 25 PhDs supervised, Professor Omkar has completed 11 research projects funded by State and Central agencies; published more than 300 papers/chapters (including one each in Nature Biotechnology& Conservation Biology), besides having two third research papers in international journals; written and edited more than 20 books published by well recognised national & international publishers. He has also served as a Subject Expert for Swiss National Science Foundation, besides many indigenous grant applications. In view of Academic contributions, Professor Omkar has been felicitated for his excellence in academics and awarded prestigious Saraswati Samman by the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of UP (2017), Professor T N Ananthakrishnan Award, Chennai (2012), Rescholar Award of Excellence in Agricultural Entomology, Patiala (2014), Prof. G. S. Shukla Gold Medal (2014), Dr. S. Pradhan Memorial Lecture Award (2019). Known globally for identifying and harnessing the potential of beneficial insects, he has worked in collaboration with multiple international scientists and visited the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia (UK) in 2006 for three months and Department of Zoology, University of South Bohemia, Ceske Budejovice and Institute of Entomology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic in 2016 for Four Weeks. Professor Omkar is Among Top 2% Scientists of World in the database of Stanford University published by Elsevier Inc., USA (2021). He has RGScore- 3374, H index-29 & I10-95.