Management of Sugarcane Borers

Established 9 bio-control laboratories at private sector and all the laboratories are working satisfactorily

Treated 245,000 acres of sugarcane successfully with bio control technology during 2009-10

Enhanced the resistance in T. chilonis against insecticides with the help of low doses of irradiation

Increased initial survival of T. chilonis in sugarcane field with the provision of supplemental host

Reduced immunity in 3rd, 4th and 5th instars larvae of sugarcane borers with irradiation

Developed artificial larval diet for the rearing of Chrysoperla carnea

Eco-friendly management of fruit flies
Bactrocera spp

Applied successfully MAT in conjunction with bio-control agents for the control of fruit flies

Integration of MAT with biological control proved more effective than separate the treatment particularly on small scale.

Determined a three component based lure for the attraction of female fruit flies, however the female's attraction was comparatively less than the males on methyl eugenol

Mass rearing of three fruit fly specie Bactrocera zonata, Bactrocera cucurbitae and Bactrocera dorsalis on artificial diets.

Collected two species of parasites parasitizing larvae and pupae of Bactrocera zonata in mango and guava.

Continue the mass rearing of B. zonata on artificial diet for the colony maintenance of the two parasitoids

Continue the mass rearing of two fruit fly parasitoids, Dirhinus giffardii and Trybliographa daci on natural host.

Providing MAT traps to the orchard growers on cash payment basis.

Eco-Friendly Management of Insect Pests of Cotton

Determined protein hydrolysate as the most suitable food material for the conservation of the natural enemies in the field.

The irradiation dose of 100GY was the most suitable to induce F1 sterility in the Pink bollworm moths.

F1 sterility was used as an effective tool of integrated pest management programme for cotton bollworms

Biological control in conjunction with behavioural control proved more effective for the management of cotton bollworms as compared to the separate treatments.

Combination of Bt cotton with bio-control agents proved significantly effective for management of the insect pests.

Determined upper and middle plant canopy as the most suitable place for releases of the bio-control agents.