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Life Cycle and Development of Diptera

Muhammad Sarwar

National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering


Diptera Identification Habit Life history Threatening species Mosquitoes Diptera as Parasitic Insects Aggressive flies Flesh flies Natural enemies Crop losses Aquatic flies Marine habitat Freshwater invertebrate Dipteran Insects in Forensic Investigations

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So-called true flies are one of the most important groups of insects in the order of Diptera. Many bloodsucking and several foraging flies are serious vectors of humans and animals diseases, whereas others are pests of cultivated plants. Flies are beneficially functioning as scavengers, predators or parasites of certain insect pests, pollinators of plants, and destroyers of poisonous weeds. Such dipteran diversity is a miscellaneous blessing for scientists and the public equally.
Book will be fragmented into six parts. First part will deal with an identification key and descriptions of important families and subfamilies of Diptera (midges, mosquitoes, gnats, true flies), enabling the readers to identify most of the flies quickly and accurately. The second part will highlight roles played by flies associated with diseases along with other problems relating to people and public health. Also, we will cover topics on veterinary insects involved in diseases and associated problems affecting animals, especially livestock with a brief description of their control, biology, and habits in the third part.
One of the topics which we intend to cover is on Diptera as agricultural insects and outlooks as predator and parasite agent for pests suppression. As well, exemplifies diversity, ecological services and adaptation of true flies in a water environment for a dietary component of other organisms and to the benefits of society in a variety of researches to give the impetus for improving the development of future work, which is clearly needed by the scientific community.
In the last part of the book, we would like to cover a topic on a function that Dipteran insects play as decomposers. As well on their use in forensic investigations, with the use of insects in medical-legal investigations, as forensic entomology is on the move with so many new things happening every year. The book will appeal and indispensable to any entomologists, biologists, naturalists and Dipteran researchers of all categories.

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Muhammad Sarwar

National Institute for Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering

Dr. Muhammad Sarwar, Principal Scientist, completed his B. Sc. (Hons.), M. Sc. (Hons.) and Ph. D. in Entomology, during the years 1987, 1989 and 1998, respectively. He has years of Service experience in Research orientated Department of Agriculture (16-05-1991 to 31-05-2001, Government of Punjab) and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (01-06-2001 to date). Dr. Sarwar has 253 research work publications in National and Foreign Journals with suitable Impact Factor and Citations in his credit. He has been award by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan “Post-Doctoral Scholarship Phase II, 2006” on the basis of merit for research work at Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. Shield award, Letters of Appreciation and Certificates of performance have been granted to him from faculty members of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. He completed his Post Doctorate in 2008 from Institute of Plant Protection in Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. The Zoological Society of Pakistan in recognition of his research contributions presented him Prof. Dr. Mirza Azhar Beg Gold Medal-2010 during the 30th session of Pakistan Congress of Zoology hosted by University of Agriculture, Faisalabad on March 2, 2010. Dr. Sarwar carried our Research on Integrated Pests Management of Rice, Cotton, Chickpea, Brassica crops, Fruit flies, and Stored grains. Undertaken research work on Predatory Mites, Ladybird Beetle, Chrysoperla, Trichogramma and parasitoids of Fruit flies culturing as Bio-control agents, Integrated Management of Fruit Fly and Mosquito, and other arthropod pests control methodology. He also conducted work on Vertebrate pests control especially controls of rodents in field crops and storage. He explored, hitherto the unexplored 36 new species of stored grain and stored products mites belonging to 8 genera viz., Forcellinia, Lackerbaueria, Acotyledon, Caloglyphus and Troupeauia of family Acaridae; and Capronomoia, Histiostoma, and Glyphanoetus in family Histiostomatidae. Identification keys, taxonomical observations, differentiation remarks, comparison of characters, similarity matrices, Phenograms and Geographical maps of new species along with 48 alien species have been prepared as well. He conducted research work on Integrated Management of Cotton Leaf Curl Virus (CLCV), Pest scouting, Pest monitoring and forecasting, planning, designing and layout of different research trials and data recording for integrated pest management on different crops, vegetables, and orchards. He conducted training of the farmers and Field Staff and provided advisory services to the farmers regarding plant protection practices. Training of the pesticide’s dealers for proper handling, distribution and storing of pesticides, their legal aspects, and sampling of pesticides for their quality control have been done by him. Under the Coordinated Research Program, he collaborated with other Institutes to trace resistance sources for cotton, rice, gram, rapeseed, mustard plants, and stored cereals and pulses. Imparted training by him to field staff and the progressive farmers regarding plant protection practices in some Districts of Sindh and Punjab. Dr. Sarwar supervised Post-graduate research work and is acting as an external Examiner for Post-graduate studies. Various workshops have been organized by him, is Reviewer for Scientific Journals and joined different working Committees. A new avenue on the rearing of Predatory Mites as bio-control agents of insects & mites pests in greenhouse and field crops has been opened by him. Dr. Sarwar has been granted with Research Productivity award in 2011, by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology. He is included in the list of Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan approved Supervisor. He acquired different National and International training in Beijing, Bangkok, Vienna, and Havana. Dr. Sarwar completed “Basic Management course” organized by Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, held from 31 January to 18 February 2011.

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