- To introduce students to important pests of crops grown in Marathwada region ofMaharashtra
- To impart knowledge on various aspects of pestmanagement
- To demonstrate use robotics and AGVs in pestmanagement
Pest refers to any agent insects, microbes, plants and animals and that cause damage to our crops. Depending on the situation, insects can be considered as pests and harmful at certain periods of time and beneficial at another. Farming is labour intensive and often occupied with manual infuriating hard work. Agriculture could perhaps be one of the latest industries that can use robotic technology and automation machines. Farmers have been keenly interested in ways to make their work easier. Many of the labour saving devices and simple-operated machines in agriculture have been developed by farmers themselves Cultivation of crops for optimum yield and quality produce is highly methodical but can be improved by the aid of technological support. Technology plays an ever increasing role in agriculture. Data collection for surveys as well as accessing and obtaining vitalinformation regarding crop pests. The aim of the project is to promote awareness among students and young scientist on relative technological advancement in farming and use of robotic technology in agriculture pestmanagement.
Theory and practice of identification of useful and harmful insects.Ecological aspects of insect pest abundance and role of biotic and abiotic factors on insect growth.Study on insect behaviour, biology, life table and other basic principles of insect lifecycle.
Theory and practice of pest monitoring and survey and surveillance.Invasive pests.Intelligent selection and use of pest control tactics that will ascertain favourable economic, ecological and sociological consequences.Judicious application of pesticideswhile providing protection against hazards to humans, plants, animals and environment.Use of multiple actions in a compatible manner to maintain pest damage below the economic injury level.Insecticide resistance, resurgence and residue management. Insecticide formulations, spraying techniques.
Theory and practice of using robotics and AGVs in pest management practices including pest identifation, monitoring and surveillance. Use of robotics in deciding economic thresholds of important crop pests.Use of robotics in handling hazardous pesticides in field.Sensors that will detect the resistance monitoring in pests and to ascertain pesticide residues in food commodities.