This department mainly deals with plant health management from biotic factors like Insects, Microorganisms, Nematodes Pest, Integrated Pest, and Diseases Management like Physical, Cultural, Chemical and Biological methods. It also focuses on the beneficial activities for farmers like production of honey from honeybees, silk from silkworm, Lac from Lac insects, production of biocontrol agents against harmful insects, plant pathogens, and nematode pest and production of Mushrooms.
Agricultural Entomology laboratory is address the needs of UG students and concentrates in the research areas like Integrated pest control with fundamentals of entomology and taxonomic studies on various insects and also studies on management of beneficial and harmful insects which focus on sericulture, apiculture and pest management of both field and horticultural crops
Insect Repository - is maintaining by the department to create interest and arouse the curiosity among the students and the department also involved in mass production of bio-control agents viz., Corcyra cephalonica, Spodoptera litura, Callosobruchus chinensis and Metarhizium anisopliae.
Our department has well equipped facilities which met the requirements to impart knowledge on agricultural entomology to UG students. Our laboratory comprises 15 insect display boxes, 355 wooden boxes, 3 insect display showcase, 15 life cycle charts, beekeeping equipment’s, silkworm rearing appliances, by-products of sericulture and lac culture, pesticides, lab chemicals and glass wares.
Regular field visits were made by experts to the nearby villages and suitable management practices were recommended against pests in their field.
Nematology is a branch of biological science, which deals with a complex, diverse group of round worms known as Nematodes that occur worldwide in essentially all environment.
The nematodes are parasites to plants and also infect the man and animals.
In Agriculture, we are only concentrating the nematodes which infest the plants and cause yield loss to the Agricultural and Horticultural crops.
Some of the saprophytic nematodes have a beneficial role, especially in the nutrient recycling
Students explores the knowledge about extraction, identification, Anatomy & Morphology of nematodes, symptoms they cause and management practices
Plant pathology is mainly study of plant disease causing micro-organism and their impact in food security in relation with famous Irish famine and Bengal famine.
Plant Pathology laboratory is well equipped with instruments like AV aids, Image analysis system for Pathogens documentation, Herbarium Collections (More than 200 specimens), Pathogen Preserved Slides (50 Nos), Diseases cycle chart (12 Nos), Plant Diseases chart (100), Laminar Airflow Chamber, Autoclaves, compound Binocular microspores (30), Compound Binocular Light microscopes (10), Compound Trinocular Light microscope, Stereo zoom microscope, Hot air oven, centrifuges, microwave oven, Heating mantles, Electronic weighing balance, Micropipette, single distillation unit, colony counter, Incubators, Refrigerator, various chemicals and Glass wares etc.
Equipped with a mushroom growing shed for mushroom production, Final year students are involved in producing mushroom on every year for their course of experiential learning, there-by they are earning money.
Encouraging the entrepreneurship skills of our students, Honey Production, Silken Cocoons, Bio-Control Agents, Soil Nematode for Pest Controls, Mushroom Production, Biological Control Agents Productions and Fungicides preparations were chosen as their experimental leaning courses.
Maintaining a well-equipped laboratory with insect collection and arrangements
Considering the higher studies at ICAR, TNAU, etc. of our final year students special coaching and training is conducting periodically.
For making the classes more interactive, 3D lecture models were developed by the department faculties.
Conducting the field inspection and guest lecture to farmer with guidance of nearby ADA office (Budhalur, Thanjavur)