SUCCESS STORY OF USING BIOPESTICIDES FOR NEMATODE MANAGEMENT IN HORTICULTURAL CROPS

SUCCESS STORY OF USING BIOPESTICIDES FOR NEMATODE MANAGEMENT IN HORTICULTURAL CROPS

Plant parasitic nematodes are one of the major biotic constraints in horticultural crops causing a yield loss of 15-20% under field conditions which can exceed up to 45-50% under protected conditions.  As indiscriminate use of  chemical nematicides pose serious threat to environment and human health, IIHR has developed eco-friendly technologies for sustainable management of nematode problems in horticultural crops viz., tomato, capsicum, cabbage, cauliflower, gerbera, carnation, tuberose, chillies, banana and papaya. IIHR developed six biopesticide technologies viz., Paecilomyces lilacinus 1% W. P. , Trichoderma harzianum – 1% W.P, Pseudomonas fluorescens – 1% W.P., Trichoderma viride – 1.5% W.P,  Verticillium chlamydosporium (Pochonia chlamydosporia) – 1% W.P, Arka plant growth enhancer and yield promoter. Bio-pesticide technologies such as Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus pumilis are being generated. IIHR has been granted seven international patents and one Indian patent on bio-pesticide technologies.  Dr. M. S. Rao, Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology and Nematology is the INNOVATOR of all these technologies.

 

The biopesticide technologies were transferred to about 320 licensees all over India. All these industries are promoting the use of bio-pesticides for sustainable production of crops all over India through their extension and promotional activities. Nationwide, these technologies are widely adopted on a large scale. Farmers who adopted the IIHR bio-pesticide technology reduced the use of agro-chemicals to 35 - 40% extent and obtained 24 to 32% increased yields in various horticultural crops.

 

ICAR- IIHR conducted field days to disseminate the awareness on the use of    biopesticides in crops grown under protected and open field conditions. Shri. Vishwanatha Reddy, progressive farmer from Agalagurki, Chikkaballapur, shared his experience with the farmers that the use of bio-agents reduced 30% of his chemical application and boosted the yield by 30% in capsicum grown under protected conditions. Shri. Hanumatharayappa and Shri. Rajanna, progressive farmers from Thammarasanahalli shared their experiences with the farmers that the use of bio-agents can boost   crop yield of tomato and chilli (Anaheim type) by reducing the infestation of nematodes and associated diseases. For further information please contact the Director (director@iihr.ernet.in) with a copy to Dr. M. S. Rao, Principal Scientist, Division of Entomology and Nematology (msraobio45@gmail.com or msrao@iihr.ernet.in).

 

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Technical bulletins

Success story of Nematode Management in chillies (Anaheim type) and tomato using bio-pesticides

 

   

Success story of Nematode Management in Cauliflower and brinjal using bio-pesticides

 

  

Success story of the use of biopesticides for nematode management in capsicum under protected conditions

 

      

Success story of the use of biopesticides for nematode management in gerbera and carnations

 


Updated on 12.03.2015