Mass Production of Bio-control Agents

Gain practical knowledge about biocontrol agents and prevent, protect, preserve your crops or agriculture produce from insects and other pests.

Your Learning Agenda

  • Importance of biocontrol agents in agriculture
  • Acquaintance with biological control agents and basic facilities for mass production of biological control agents
  • Mass rearing of laboratory host insect, parasitoids and predators
  • Mass production of entomo-pathogens
  • Isolation of biocontrol agents
  • Mass production of biocontrol agents
  • Quality control and method of applications of biocontrol agents

Course Approach

  • Brainstorming Video: Released on the first day of every week, will help the learner get an overview of the course and will also unveil the strategies of how the learner can probe in-depth into the course.
  • Reading Materials: Will be available in PDF format or as online links.
  • Supplementary Material: Each reading material will be supported by references, suggested readings and other video clippings related to the topic/sub-topics of the week.
  • Quiz-based Assessments: A Quiz will be released on every weekend based on the topic and sub-topic of that particular week.
  • Chat Box: This feature will enable the learner to post the query to the concerned expert directly.
  • Webinar: An open discussion forum between the learner and the experts including course instructor and other course related experts, will be scheduled at the end of every week.

Who can learn?

The course is designed for students, scholars, industry personnel’s, extension professionals, person from development agencies, progressive farmers, young and budding entrepreneurs, enthusiasts and other interested people who have interest in acquiring basic knowledge about bio-control agents and want to learn about the mass production techniques.

Course Instructor(s)

Dr. Ravi Maurya, Assistant Professor, Entomology and In-Charge, Biological Control
A specialist of biological control, pulse entomology and integrated pest management (IPM), he has been into academia since last 13 years. His significant contributions include development of insecticide tolerant strains of Trichogramma Chilonis, study of the natural enemies associated with apple woolly aphid, development of biointensive pest management module for the management of apple woolly aphid in mid hills of Uttarakhand and also popularization of IPM technology among vegetable growers of mid hills of Uttarakhand. He has published two books, 37 research papers, 12 popular articles, 4 booklets for farmers, 19 abstracts and two book chapters. Dr. Rupali Sharma, Senior Research Officer, Plant Pathology With research interest in IPM technologies, she has worked at Dr. S.L. Shah Vegetable Research and Extension Centre, Matela, Almora for six years. She was awarded Young Scientist Award by Indian Phytopathological Society. Dr. Sharma has made significant contributions in dissemination of IPM technologies and popularization of use, application and mass production of bioagents at farmers’ level at hills as well as in plains at Uttarakhand. She has published six research papers, one chapter in book, ten papers in symposia, seven popular articles, eight chapters in proceeding. Dr. Renu Pandey, Assistant Professor, Entomology With specialization in field of insect pathology that includes isolation and screening of most virulent strains of entomopathogenic microbes, she has acquired good experience of rearing insect pests and mass production of bioagents. She has worked with different pesticide industries and have a good exposure of mass production of biocontrol agents and their formulations. She has published 15 research papers, seven popular articles and 20 abstracts.

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