Considering appropriateness of eco-friendly tactics in pest control in grains in storage, a national convention was held for the first time at the Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar, Tamil Nadu during March 26 - 27, 2007. The meet was well attended by elite Entomologists, fumigation experts and grain storage organizations. The papers presented there in received good amount of discussion and 31 of them were chosen for bringing out as a publication. Various Chapters brought under the purview of this book include: Grain storage and loss, storage structures and organizations, pest and disease problems, use of plant products, host plant resistance and other eco-friendly components, management of non-pests like rodents and quarantine aspects of grain importation. Good number of papers throws more light on utility of products of various kinds of plant species and certain eco-friendly tactics too is under focus. Restricted involvement of chemical insecticides in grain protection is also projected. The over all contents of the book would emphasize eco-friendly pest control tactics in grain storage. Best storage practices have also been projected. The contents of the book would auger well for promoting eco-friendly techniques of grains in storage.
Dr. P. Narayanasamy, Presently serving as Professor and Head, Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agriculture, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamilnadu and has rendered 34 years of service at Annamalai University in the Department of Entomology. He conducted scores of research projects funded by Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India and University Grants Commission, New Delhi. • At present, two mega research projects on Development and Utilization of Flyash as a Carrier in chemical and herbal insecticide formulations funded by Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India respectively are underway. • He has to his credit publication of more than 100 research papers and 8 books and organized two national level seminars on ‘Use of Flyash in Agriculture and a Refresher Course on ‘Organic Pest Control’ during 2008. His fields of specialization are: i. Developed a fungal insecticide, Mycoinsecticide 70% WP against rice brown planthopper and green leafhopper. ii. Discovered flyash as an insecticide and a carrier in chemical and herbal insecticide formulations. iii. Documented more than 1000 indigenous pest control practices and revalidated important practices for farmers’ use. Also large number of tribal pest control practices collated from various hillocks in Tamil Nadu were also documented and published.
Dr. S. Mohan Presently serves as Professor of Agricultural Entomology at TNAU , Coimbatore . He was an awardee of many contributions viz. Tamil Nadu Scientists Awards for 2003, Jawaharlal Nehru Award for best Ph.D. Thesis on Stored Products Entomology and TNAU’s Best Researcher Awards for the year 2005. He has designed a number of insect traps for storage pests and obtained an Indian patent on a device to remove eggs from stored pulses. He has organized a series of four training programmes on storage Entomology . He has credit publication of 95 research papers, 2 Books and 3 book chapters. He is a TNAU approved consultant for entrepreneurs and private warehouse managements. His fields of Specialization is stored Product Entomology.