Ali R. Bandani

University of Tehran Iran

Dr. Ali R. Bandani is a professor of Insect toxicology and physiology in the Department of Plant Protection, University of Tehran, Iran. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Tehran and his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Agriculture at the University of Reading and Department of Entomology and Nematology of the IACR-Rothamsted, UK. He did a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences of the Swansea University,UK. He recently done one year sabbatical in the Biological Science of the University of Durham, UK. His research interest includes insect physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology. His recent projects are centred on the development of RNA technology (RNAi and miRNA) and manipulation of interaction between symbiotic bacteria and insect in order to control insect pests.

Ali R. Bandani

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Crop losses by pests (insects, diseases and weeds) are as old as plant themselves but as agriculture are intensified and cropping patterns including the cultivation of high yielding varieties and hybrids are changing over time the impact of the pests becoming increasingly important. Approximately less than 1000 insect species (roughly 600-800 species), 1500 -2000 plant species, numerous fungal, bacterial and nematode species as well as viruses are considered serious pests in agriculture. If these pests were not properly controlled, crop yields and their quality would drop, considerably. In addition production costs as well as food and fiber prices are increased. The current book is going to put Plant Protection approaches in perspective.

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