Production and Utilization of Macrobials for Insect Pest Management

         Biological control with macrobials (predators and parasitoids) is an alternative, economic and environmentally sound pest management strategy to address many ill effects caused by excessive use and misuse of chemicals. Macrobials can be conserved, introduced and multiplied under laboratory conditions for field release against target pests. Many technologies have been developed for production of tricho-cards, chrysopids, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, anthocorids, Goniozus nephantidis, etc. Until 2010, over 6000 introductions of parasitoids and predators were made against 588 insect pests, leading to the control of 172 pests. With the limited agricultural land available, increases demand for food security and increased awareness about health and organic food, the use of macrobials is expected to enhance in coming years. The global market of macrobials is estimated to be valued at USD 481.4 million in 2017, and projected to reach USD 788.0 million by 2022.

Lead talk on “Macrobials losing out to microbials: how to tilt the scales – Chandish R Ballal, Director, ICAR-NBAIR, Bengaluru"

Lead talk on "Optimizing the genetics of biocontrol agents for classical and augmentative applications - Richard Stouthamer Professor (Entomology), University of California, Riverside, USA"