Through Green Revolution in late 1960s, India achieved
self-sufficiency in food production, but still the country has not
achieved self-sufficiency in production of horticultural crops.
Most of the growth in food production during the green revolution
period is attributed to the use of higher levels of fertilizers and
pesticides which are continuing to destroy stable traditional
ecosystems. The challenge before the crop protection scientist is
to increase yields from the existing land without harming the
environment and resource base. This can be achieved by adopting
eco-friendly Biointensive Integrated Pest Management (BIPM)
BIPM incorporates ecological and economic factors into
agricultural system design and decision making, and addresses
public concerns about environmental quality and food safety. The
benefits of implementing BIPM can include reduced chemical input
costs, reduced on-farm and off-farm environmental impacts, and more
effective and sustainable pest management. An ecology-based IPM has
the potential of decreasing inputs of fuel, machinery, and
synthetic chemicals-all of which are energy intensive and
increasingly costly in terms of financial and environmental impact.
Such reductions will benefit the grower and society.
The present book deals with the most recent biointensive
integrated approaches for pest management utilizing components such
as bioagents predators, parasitoids and pathogens (bacteria, fungi,
viruses)], botanicals (biofumigation, oil cakes, FYM, compost, crop
residues, green manuring and other organic amendments), arbuscular
mycorrhizal fungi, physical methods (hot water treatment of
planting material, soil solarization), cultural methods (crop
rotation, summer ploughing, fallowing, intercropping, pruning,
mulching, spacing, planting date, trap cropping, "etc."),
biorational chemicals (pheromones) and resistant cultivars. This
book can serve as a useful reference to policy makers, research and
extension workers, practicing farmers and students. The material
can also be used for teaching post-graduate courses."
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