Introductions of Biocontrol Agents in India


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This site attempts to document the introductions of insect parasitoids, predators, and pathogens for biological control in India, primarily for classical biological control of introduced pests. Information is provided mainly on arthropods (insects and mites for biological control of insect pests and weeds), entomopathogenic nematodes, and microbial pathogens for insect / plant disease control.  Details of scientific name, year and origin of introduction, target pest(s) and / or crops, and references are given for all the species and complete fact sheets are given for those bioagents which are well established and used in augmentative biological control in India. Besides, an account of recent invasive pests in India is given along with other details.

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Scientific name  Pest-Bioagent list  Recent Invasives


Most of the information in this site has been compiled from the following sources:

  • Rao, V.P., Ghani, M.A., Sankaran, T., Mathur, K.C. 1971. A review of the biological control of insects and other pests in South-east Asia and the Pacific region. Technical Communication No. 6, Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control, Trinidad, West Indies. 149 p.

  • Singh, S.P. 1994. Fifteen Years of AICRP on Biological Control. Technical Bulletin No. 8, Project Directorate of Biological Control, Bangalore 24.

  • Singh, S.P. 1995. Experiences in classical biocontrol in India. Paper presented in the Workshop on "Biological control as a cornerstone of integrated pest management for sustainable agriculture in Southeast Asia", 11-15 September 1995, Malaysia.

  • Annual Reports for 1996-2007, Project Directorate of Biological Control (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), Bangalore, India


Please use the following citation for this site: Poorani, J. -- give the date of the most recent update. Title -- Introductions of Biocontrol Agents in India. Source --

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