Parasitoid fauna associated with insect pests of vegetable crops of Kashmir Himalaya, India: Check list and biodiversity

Abstract : 

Parasitoids are natural enemies of insect pests and form one of the potential biological control measures. This paper presents an up-to-date systematic checklist of parasitoids species reported to be parasitizing various insect pests in vegetable ecosystems of Kashmir. The paper deals with 54 sp. of parasitoids falling under one family of insect order Diptera and eight families of order Hymenoptera distributed over 43 insect genera recorded from the 16 host-insect pest species on 16 species of vegetable crops in diverse areas and localities of Kashmir valley. These enlisted parasitoids include 5 tachinids, 3 aphelinids, 6 aphidiids, 11 braconids, 2 chalcidids, 12-eulophids, 11-ichneumonids, 3-pteromalids and 1 trichogrammatid. Besides, geographical local distribution of enlisted parasitoids, the paper also incorporates parasitoid-Host insect pest and Host-vegetable crop catalogue-cum-checklist


Keyword : 

Pest, parasitoid, vegetable, braconids, ichneuomonids, eulophids, chalcidids, Kashmir


Author(s) : , D. M. Bhat, R. C. Bhagat, A. A. Qureshi
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