Moth Borers of Sugarcane with Colored IIIustrations
by Duttamajumder, S.K.
Imprint : Daya Publishing House
Year : 2022
Price : Rs. 22495.00
Dr. S. K. Duttamajumder is a revered sugarcane crop protection specialist of National and International fame. Graduated in Agriculture from the Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Nadia, West Bengal during 1975-79; did both M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi during 1980-85. He joined the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow as Scientist in 1985 and worked on important bacterial and fungal diseases of sugarcane (Leaf scald, Ratoon stunting disease, Red rot, Smut and Wilt), on the development of ESTs of sugarcane and in the high sugar parent development programme of sugarcane for the subtropical India. He was the key architect in developing the road map for sugarcane research and development to be followed at the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow. He also served as a member of RCGM, New Delhi for the identification of suitable genetically modified crop varieties for India. Dr. Duttamajumder served as the first Associate Editor (Bacteriology) of the Indian Phytopathological Society, New Delhi. He became Principal scientist in 2006 and finally headed the Division of Crop Protection of IISR, Lucknow from 2009 to 2014. His interest on Sugarcane Entomology started in 2009. He has authored two authoritative books on crop protection of sugarcane. The book Red rot of Sugarcane is a landmark publication on this very important disease of sugarcane and incidentally it is the first book on this disease. The other book, Top borer of Sugarcane is a well acclaimed publication in the field of Sugarcane Entomology. Dr. Duttamajumder is an ace scientific photographer and these two books bear the testimony.
About The Book
In India, in the overall insect pests' scenario of sugarcane, moth borers alone account for around 55-60% of the total crop loss.
The book Moth borers of Sugarcane is a visual treat of photographs that unfolds the borer complex of sugarcane in a lucid manner spanning 649 pages. In fact, it is a cornerstone publication on Sugarcane Entomology. The first Technical Bulletin on this subject "Identification of the striped moth borers of sugarcane in lndia" (20 pages) was published by Mr. B. D. Gupta in 1958. It was felt that a revision with the current knowledge would be appropriate to cater the present needs. The author fervently took up this challenge to develop an identification manual of the important moth borers of sugarcane that even a nonprofessional could use with confidence. The present publication, in addition to the striped borers, encompasses other important moth borers of sugarcane. Moreover, it also contains information on symptoms of infestations, different life stages of the moth borers and key identifying characters for each stage of the life cycle. It is often axiomed that "A picture is worth a thousand words".
Obviously, a good colour photograph speaks volumes and often leaves an indelible impression on the mind of the reader that words and explanations cannot do. This publication bridges the longstanding gap of a comprehensive publication detailing the easily identifiable characters of moth borers of sugarcane with suitable and vivid colour photographs of symptoms of infestations as well as different life stages of the pest. To be honest, it is not a scientific treatise on moth borers of sugarcane written for the use and training of Entomologists. Rather it is intended to serve the more humble but useful purpose of a manual of practical information for the use of the farmers, extension personnel and cane development workers who are interested to learn about the moth borer pests of sugarcane. At the end, a chapter on the identification of important bio-agents that are commonly used to contain these borer pests has been added.
Table of Contents
2 Brief history, identification and naming of moth borers of sugarcane in India
3 An overview of sugarcane moth borers in India
3a List of plates on an overview of sugarcane moth borers in India
4 Top borer, Scirpophaga excerptalis (Walker)
4a List of plates on Top borer, Scirpophaga excerptalis (Walker)
5 Root borer, Emmalocera depressella (Swinhoe)
5a List of plates on Root borer,Emmalocera depressella (Swinhoe)
6 Green borer, Raphimetopus ablutella (Zeller)
6a List of plates on Green borer, Raphimetopus ablutella (Zeller)
7 Pink borer, Sesamia inferens (Walker)
7a List of plates on Pink borer, Sesamia inferens (Walker)
8 Early shoot borer, Chilo infuscatellus Snellen
8a List of plates on Early shoot borer, Chilo infuscatellus Snellen
9 Stalk borer, Chilo auricilius Dudgeon
9a List of plates on Stalk borer, Chilo auricilius Dudgeon
10 Internode borer, Chilo sacchariphagus indicus (Kapur)
10a List of plates on Internode borer, Chilo sacchariphagus indicus (Kapur)
11 Gurdaspur borer, Acigona steniellus (Hampson)
11a List of plates on Gurdaspur borer, Acigona steniellus (Hampson)
12 Plassey borer, Chilo tumidicostalis (Hampson)
12a List of plates on Plassey borer, Chilo tumidicostalis (Hampson)
13 Maize or Sorghum borer, Chilo partellus (Swinhoe)
13a List of plates on Maize or Sorghum borer, Chilo partellus (Swinhoe)
14 Keys to the identification of sugarcane moth borers (Based on larval and pupal characters)
14a List of plates on keys to the identification of sugarcane moth borers (Based on larval and pupal characters)
15 Important bio-agents of sugarcane moth borers
15a List of plates on important bio-agents of sugarcane moth borers
16 Selected References