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Pests of Seed Spices

  • Krishna Kant
  • Siya Ram Meena
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Abstract

Seed spices comprise more than ten crops, are used mostly as grounded spices, seasoning and garnishing and have Mediterranean origin. In India its largest cultivation acreage is found in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Most of the seed spice crops attract a large number of insect pests that cause significant losses in fields as well as during storage. Among various insect pests associated with seed spice crops, sucking pests are the largest group and cause maximum damage to the crops in fields. Aphids are the major yield-limiting biotic factor, as they cause more damage than any other pest on seed spice crops. More than one species of aphids are found attacking on many seed spice crops. Other sucking pests associated with seed spice crops are thrips, jassids, hoppers, bugs, etc. Seed wasp is another important pest in fields and during storage. Defoliators are also found on these crops but cause limited damage. Most of these pests are polyphagous, attacking a variety of vegetation, and a few species are exclusive for seed spices. Some of the species cause heavy losses to the crops.

Keywords

Seed spices Insect pests Management 

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  • Krishna Kant
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  • Siya Ram Meena
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  1. 1.ICAR: National Research Centre on Seed SpicesAjmerIndia

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