Department of Agricultural Entomology

The Department was started during 1947 under the aegis of Karnataka University, Dharwad for scientific study of crop pests of the region. In the beginning, the Department aimed to provide the quality education to under graduate students related to Agricultural Entomology as a new subject. The PG programme was initiated during 1952 while Ph. D during 1978. Since then about 415 students in M.Sc. (Agri) and 115 students in Ph. D acquired their qualification. Many students succeeded in getting prestigious awards like Jawaharlal Nehru award and Young Scientist award for their Ph. D work. The consistent research in the department has led to development of several pest management technologies like IPM package in cotton and pigeon pea, management of armyworm and fall armyworm, sugarcane wolly aphid, root grub etc. and also technologies related to bio-pesticides (HaNPV, Metaehizium  (Nomuraea) rileyi and Metarhizium anisopliae) and vermi technologies. The department is also credited with well established honeybee repository, honey quality testing and pesticide residue analysis laboratory

PG Programmes in the Department


PG Students admitted in last five years

Sl. No.Course No.2018-192019-202020-212021-222022-23
1M.Sc. (Agri.)1921202013


Sl NoNameDesignationSpecialization
1Dr.S.G.RayarProfessor and HeadSericulture
2Dr. C. P. MallapurProfessorBiological Control of Insect Pests & Integrated Pest Management
3Dr. M.G. HegdeProfessorInsect Physiology and Pest Management
4Dr. S.S.UdikeriProfessorInsect toxicology, Ecology and Pest Management
5Dr. S. T. PrabhuProfessorApiculture and Pest Management
6Dr. K.P.GundannavarAsst. ProfessorInsect Pest Management

Supporting Staff:

Sl NoNameDesignation
1Smt. NandaLab Assistant
2Shri. M. M. BadigerLab Assistant
3Smt. Yallavva GovanakoppaMessenger
4Shri Basayya PujarMessenger
5Smt. Shekavva ShivshettarFarm Labour
6Smt. Saraswati SunkadFarm Labour

B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons.) courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1AET 101Fundamentals of Entomology2+1
2AET 202Principles of Integrated Pest Management2+1
3AET 301Pests of crops and stored grain and their management2+1
4AET 302Management of Productive Insects0+1

B.Sc. Agriculture Business Management (Hons.) courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1AET 103Introduction to Entomology1+1
2AET 203Management of Beneficial Insects1+1
3AET 303Management of Insect Pests of Crops and Stored Grains1+1

B.Sc. Community Science (Hons.) courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1AET 102Introduction and Applied Entomology0+1

B.Tech. Food Technology (Hons.) courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits

Experiential Learning Modules offered

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1AEL 403Commercial Sericulture, Beekeeping, Mushroom Cultivation0+10

M.Sc. Agriculture in Entomology courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1ENT 501Insect Morphology  2+1
2ENT 502Insect Anatomy and Physiology 2+1
3ENT 503Insect Taxonomy 1+2
4ENT 504Insect Ecology 2+1
5ENT 505Biological Control of Insect Pests and Weeds 2+1
6ENT 506Toxicology of Insecticides 2+1
7ENT 507Host Plant Resistance 1+1
8ENT 508Concepts of Integrated Pest Management2+0
9ENT 509Pests of Field Crops2+1
10ENT 511Post Harvest Entomology 1+1
11ENT 512Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogens 1+1

Ph.D. Entomology courses

Sl. No.Course No.Course TitleCredits
1ENT 602Insect Physiology and Nutrition2+1
2ENT 603Insect Ecology and Diversity2+1
3ENT 605Bio-Inputs for Pest Management2+1
4ENT 606Insect Toxicology and Residues2+1

On going Externally funded adhoc Projects:

Sl NoName of Adhoc ProjectPI/Co-PI/AssociateDurationFunding agencyProject OutlayObjectives of ProjectExpected Outcome
1Management of thrips and mites in Onion and Chilli through novel insecticidesDr.M.G.Hegde2 yrsSaraswati Agro Chemicals Punjab13.97 Lakhs  
2Field investigations on bio-efficacay and phytotoxicity of Pyridalyl 7% and Emamectin benzoate 1%EC for management of selected insect pests of maize and tomatoDr.S.S.Udikeri2 yrsM/S Sumitomo Chemicals India Ltd Mumbai11.00 Lakhs  
3Management of tea mosquito bugs infestation in cotton through insecticidesDr.S.S.Udikeri2 yrsM/S United Phosporus India  Ltd Mumbai6.25 Lakhs  
4Investigations on the insect control efficacy of new insecticide combi products against insect pest complex of chilli and soybeanDr.K.P.Gundannavar2 yrsSyngenta India Ltd. Pune9.10 Lakhs  
5Establishment of Honey Testing Laboratory (Detection of Adulteration Assessment of Thermo-chemical and Microbial Parameters in HoneyDr.D.N.Kambrekar2 yrsNational Bee Board, Govt. of India103.50 Lakhs  
6Investigation on pest control efficacy and crop safety of insecticides on different crops through drone and their impact on soil microbial communitiesDr.D.N.Kambrekar1 yrSyngenta India, Ltd.26.00 lakhs  

Major Projects completed(Last five years):

Sl NoName of Adhoc ProjectPI/Co-PI/AssociateDurationFunding agencyProject OutlayObjectives of ProjectMajor Outcome
1  Assessment of potential yield loss in maize due to lepidopteran pests and weed flora in KarnatakaDr.C.P.Mallapur1 yrPrivate firm16.20 lakhs  
2Ecobiology, crop loss and management studies on the invasive pest, fall army worm Spodoptera frugiperda on MaizeDr.C.P.Mallapur2 yrsBayer Crop Science, Ltd.23.12 lakhs  
3NICRA for RTPS on groundnutDr.M.G.Hegde2 yrsNCIPM, New Delhi25 Lakhs  
4Management of sucking insect pests in cotton through Novel moleculesDr.M.G.Hegde1 yrRallis India Ltd, Bengaluru5.03 Lakhs  
5IRM : Dissemination of pink bollworm management strategiesDr.S.S.Udikeri1 yrICAR-CICR Nagpur18.75 Lakhs  
6Bioefficacy of Bollgard-III Bt transgenic technology on minor Lepidopteron pests infesting cottonDr.S.S.Udikeri1 yrMonasanto Holding Pvt Ltd15.60 Lakhs  
7Management of mirid bug and flower bud maggot in Bt cotton-Appropriate extension and research approachesDr.S.S.Udikeri2yrsRKVY-GoK, Karnataka20.00 Lakhs  
8Field resistance and resurgence of whitefly, Bemisiatabaci  (Gennadius) and mites for synthetic pyrethroid and carbamates in cotton’Dr.S.S.Udikeri1 yrBayer crop sciences. Mumbai9.00 Lakhs  
9Management of bollworms and sucking pests of cotton with selective advanced generation insecticidesDr.S.S.Udikeri1 yrCoromandal International Ltd Secundarabad9.00 Lakhs  
10Investigation on the pest control efficacy and Crop Safety of pesticides on different crops through Drone Application and their Impact on soil microbial communitiesDr.D.N.Kambrekar1 yrSygenta India Ltd. Pune26.00 Lakhs  
11Diversification of floral resources to augment insect pollinators for sustainable yield enhancementDr.D.N.Kambrekar1 yrSyngenta India, Ltd.21.71 lakhs  

Technologies Developed:(Last Five Years)

Sl. No.TechnologyName of the Scientist
1Management of Fall armyworm in MaizeDr. C. P. Mallapur
2Bio inclusive management of Fall armyworm
3Management of whiteflies in Bt cotton through combi product Diafenthuron30%+Pyriproxyfen 8%SE @2.0 mL/LDr. S. S. Udikeri Dr. K.P.Gundannavar Dr.S.V.Hugar


Sl. No.NameInstituteAwardYear
1Dr.C.P.MallapurWASET, Dubai at International Conference held at Melbourne, AustraliaBest Research Paper Oral presentation award2018
ISOR, HyderabadFellow of Society of Oilseeds Research2020
2Dr.S.S.UdikeriUAS, DharwadBest Research Scientist2017
CRI, Gorgoan IR IranBest Visiting Scientist2017
SADHNA Nouni HPAchiever of the year2017
UAS, DharwadCash Incentive Award2019
Dr. B.V David Foundation ChennaiOutstanding agricultural scientists2020
Applied Zoologists Research Association BhubaneshwarApplied Zoologists Research Association2022
SAB-ICAR NBAIR BengaluruDr Swamiappan award for bio-intensive IPM2022
UAS, DharwadCash Incentive Award2022
Hubli Dharwad Municipal CorporationDheemant : Agriculture (Rajyotsava)2022
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