Farmers can reap richer harvests only if pests and diseases are effectively checked. There is a greater opportunity for adopting Integrated Pest Management technologies to mitigate dependence on pesticides. The institute is located in the central part of Tamil Nadu, where food crops, vegetables and fruit crops are grown in larger area; the department research programme is focussed on non-chemical pest management stratergies. Further there is an increasing awareness among farmers on the use honeybees as an input for enhancing the yield in cross pollinated crops. The institute also focuses on a special research to study the pests and diseases affecting rice grown in saline soils.
The Department offers courses to UG students in Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology. The UG students undergo four courses each from Entomology and Plant pathology and one course from Nematology. Besides, course on experiential learning in bee keeping, biocontrol agent’s production to the students. The Department has separate UG lab for Entomology and Plant Pathology and culturing lab for UG education purpose.
With the objectives of human resource development in the field of Agricultural Entomology through Post-graduate teaching, to conduct research in basic and applied aspects of pest management , to cater to the needs of the farmers like pest diagnosis, surveillance, forecasting and pest management, to expose the students for further research and pursuing higher studies. the M.Sc. (Ag.) programme with specialization in Agricultural Entomology was started during the academic year 2014 -15. The students are allotted with research topics oriented to understand the basic and applied aspect of Entomology so that the plant protection need of the farmers in this region can be addressed.
The Department has well trained core faculty members in different areas of Entomology. The masters’ thesis research is designed to address the farmers’ problem. The research programme focus on IPM for sustainable crop protection technology, to develop cost effective, ecologically sustainable pest and disease management measures for agricultural and horticultural crops. The students are also get hands‐on‐training in these fields during thesis work. They are well trained to carryout research independently. IPDM module developed for Chilli and Onion and Instant Residue Indicator Drop method developed for detecting pesticide residues at farm level (patency pending) are some of the outcomes emanated from PG student’s research work. The students were also motivated to publish their thesis work in peer‐reviewed high impact factor journals, which wider opportunities for the students to continue their research at Ph.D. level.
The faculty comprises of two Professors, one Assistant Professor and four visiting faculty to handle the PG courses. Faculties are specialized in various disciplines of Entomology and they undergo frequent training on research, teaching, technical writing and question paper authorization and evaluation procedures. The faculty members of other department of ADAC & RI also handle the minor, non credit compulsory common courses. The course curriculum comprises of one year course work and one year research work under Approved Advisory Committee in a trimester system.
- To impart education in Plant protection , Agricultural Entomology, Plant Pathology, Nematology to under graduate and post graduate students keeping in view of the changing global scenario in the field of pest and disease management in crops.
- To develop cost effective, ecologically sustainable pest and disease management measures for agricultural and horticultural crops
- To study the pests and diseases affecting salt tolerant rice varieties
- To facilitate effective transfer of IPDM technologies to the stakeholders through effective technology transfer programmes.
- To organise training programmes on IPDM to farmers, extension functionaries and officials of pesticide industries.
- To test the pesticide residue levels in crops particularly fruits and vegetables in and around Tiruchirappalli district to sensitise farmers on the need for rational use of pesticides and to promote non chemical pest management tactics with special emphasis on bio-intensive pest and disease management.
- To evaluate the bioefficacy of new molecules for management of pests and diseases.
- To mass multiply and supply biocontrol agents for insects, diseases and nematodes.
- To impart entrepreneurship trainings to students through experiential learning and various stakeholders on bee keeping, biocontrol agents production and mushroom cultivation.