R.P. Soundararajan

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

Dr. R.P. Soundararajan is currently working as Assistant Professor at National Pulses Research Centre, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Vamban, Tamil Nadu, India. He completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural Entomology at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India in 2000. He is specialized in viz., Host Plant Resistance to Insect pests, molecular marker assisted breeding for insect resistance in plants and Insecticide Resistance Management. He has published 27 research articles and 7 book chapters. He has also co-authored the book on ‘Pest Management in Field Crops – Principles and Practices’.

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Pesticides are considered as potential molecules to combat insects, pests, diseases and weeds in agricultural, horticultural cropping system as well as health management systems. Pesticides of chemical origin are highly effective against the target organism. However, the chemical pesticides have toxic effects on several non-target species and the growing environmental concerns raises the issues of safety and evaluation of toxicity. In this book the effects of chemical pesticides on fishes, earthworms, beneficial microbes and natural enemies in agricultural ecosystems are discussed. Furthermore, pesticides have the properties to disrupt endocrine and non-traditional pesticide compounds have been elaborately narrated. The recent technology on use of biomarkers in pesticide assay is described in two chapters. Some of plants having pesticidally active compounds are described. Use of biotechnological approaches for insect pest management and a new approach to recognize larva in the field by LIRA classifier system are two more interesting chapters of the book.

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