Applied Entomology

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Overview

Applied entomology deals with the dual nature (useful and harmful) of insects as applied to mankind. It provides the detailed information on economically important insect orders, including their characteristic features. It also deals with metamorphosis in insects, the ways in which beneficial insects like silkworm, honey bees and lac insects can be best exploited for the human welfare. In addition, this area of entomology focuses on the exploitation of predators and parasitoids for the management of harmful insects and pollinators for the improvement of crop yields. It also consists of detailed account on management of harmful insects by adopting various methods.
Pedagogy: • Online teaching • One-to-one interaction • Presentation through Power Point slides, etc. • Display of pictures / photos / short videos, etc.

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT Week – I -1. Characteristic features of insects | 2. Metamorphosis in insects | 3. Salient features of insect orders | Week – II -4. Lepidoptera | 5. Diptera | 6. Hymenoptera | Week – III -7. Coleoptera | 8. Hemiptera | 9. Neuroptera | Week - IV -10. Insect behavior | 11. Identification of a few insects using keys | 12. Beneficial insects | Week – V -13. Silkworms | 14. Honeybee | 15. Lac insect | Week – VI -16. Parasitoids |17. Predators and Pollinators |18. Insects as human food | 19. Insects as important laboratory tools | Week – VII -20. Categories and types of pests | 21. Harmful insects | 22. Agricultural pests | 23. Veterinary insects and other pests | Week - VIII -24. Rat flea | 25. Pests of public health importance | 26. Mosquito | Week – IX -27. House fly | 28. Louse | 29. Bed bugs | Week - X -30. Insect vectors | 31. Insect pest control | 32. Pesticides | 33. Integrated pest management | Week - XI -34. Social insects | 35. Termites | 36. Wasps and ants |