Insect Pest Management In Cucurbits

Research Development and Perspective

Authored by: Ruparao T. Gahukar

Handbook of Cucurbits

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781482234589
eBook ISBN: 9781482234596
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Cucurbits are regularly attacked by an array of insect pests in all crop growing areas. Considering the current economic importance, fruit flies, leaf miners, squash vine borers, leaf beetles, and squash bugs are comparatively important. For cultivating pest-free crops, synthetic pesticides have been used from the seedling to harvest stage. However, some of the insects could be controlled by adopting good agricultural practices and efficient monitoring of pest populations and plant damages. Also, trapping with baits, planting of pest-resistant/pest-tolerant crop varieties, and spraying of botanicals have been widely accepted by farmers. In this review, integrated pest management (IPM) is discussed while considering economic and ecological aspects along with crop productivity. Further studies on insect pheromones, bioefficacy of new pesticide formulations, and regulatory measures are needed for validating and refining current IPM strategies.

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