Department of Entomology

Faculty :

Dr. Santosh Kumar Panda  : Professor & Head
Dr. Braja Kishore Sahoo  : Professor
Dr. Chitta Ranjan Satapathy  : Professor
Dr. Pratap Chandra Dash : Professor
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Behera  : Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Ramanath Mohapatra : Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Sayad Md. Abdullah Mandal : Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Prabhat Ranjan Mishra  : Assoc. Prof.
Dr. Jayaraj Padhi  : Assoc. Prof.

Achievements of  the Department:

  • After the inception of the Department of Entomology (1954) the technologies generated through the student and teachers’ research up-to 2011 is briefed below. 
  • The rice varieties with moderate resistance to clearance character against its major insect pests have been isolated though continuous screening process.
  • Cultural practices viz. use of fertilizer, water, seed rate, spacing, planting and harvesting dates in rice have been standardized  and practiced by farming community of Odisha.
  • Biological control in sugarcane, coconut and paddy have gained popularity among farmers due to continuous supply of bio-agents like Trichogramma chilonis, Bracon  hebetor  and Bracon brevicornis by this department. 
  • Application of bio-pesticides i.e. HaNPV,  Bt and neem products  have been popularized by the farming community of the state. 
  • e-pest surveillance for management of major pests in paddy particularly the swarming caterpillar, brown plant hopper and white backed plant hopper under RKVY Project 2010 operated by State Agriculture Department has generated many useful information for farmer’s adoption. The involvement of teachers of this Department has been highly acclaimed not only by farmers of the State but also by Govrnment of Odisha.
  • Lambda cyhalothrin (0.003%) proved to be highly effective in overall reduction in damage by the pest complex in cashew.  
  • Application of Chlorpyriphos (0.2%) after extraction of grubs successfully decreased the shot and root borer damage in cashew.
  • Spinosad  spray @125 ml/ha,  four times at fortnightly interval, starting from fruit initiation in okra, resulted in 56% reduction in fruit damage and 50% in jassid population. 
  • Spraying of NSKE (4%) at 10 days interval in rice, commencing from 30 DAT up-to 60 DAT could effectively suppress stem borer, leaf folder, green leaf hopper and BPH and increased grain yield by 24.2 % over untreated control. 
  • Addition of coconut oil (5 ml /kg of seed), mustard oil (5ml /kg of seed) in green gram effectively contained the pulse beetle damage in storage condition.
  • Application of combination   products viz, spark and polytrin @750 ml/ha at 55 and 75 DAT could retard the insect pest damage in cabbage.

Running Research and Projects (2012) :

A. Post Graduate Student’s Research
  • Field testing of ITK and insecticide based strategies for control of shoot and fruit borer, Leucinodes orbonalis Guene in brinjal
  • Evaluation of integrated pest management module in suppression of insect pest infestation in rice
  • Relative efficacy of biopesticides in management of insect pest in bitter gourd
  • Studies on pest complex of green gram, Vigna radiata and their management by safer pesticides
  • Bio-ecology of Goniozus nephantidis (Meysebek) larval parasitoid of Opisina arenosella walk at Bhubaneswar 
  • Studies on biology and feeding potentiality of syrphid flies on aphid, Aphis craccivora Koch 
  • Studies on Lac insect Kerria lacca (Kerr) (Tachardiidae: Hemiptera) in Odisha with special reference to its natural enemies complex. 
  • Comparative bio-efficacy of new molecules Chlorantranili prole and Emamectin Benzoate against stem borer and leaf folder and their safety to natural   enemies
  • Bio-efficacy of some botanicals against the pulse beetle, Collosobruchus chinensis  (L) in stored green gram/black gram 
  • Efficacy of some bio-pesticides against the pests of cabbage at Bhubaneswar
  • Effect of indigenous products and bio-nutrients with reduced level of fertilizers on the incidence of insect pests of  brinjal
  • Validation of integrated pest management modules in suppression of major insect pests of rice
  • Bio-efficacy of eco-friendly insecticides in the suppression of insect pests in pigeon pea
  • Studies on the ecology and management of pulse beetle, Collosobruchus chinensis (L) with bio-pesticides in Green gram and Black gram in storage condition
  • Studies on population dynamics of major insect pests on Bt and non Bt Cotton IPM modules for their effective management 
B. Directorate of Rice Research Trials:

  • Gall midge screening Trial (GMS)
  • Gall midge Biotype Trial (GMBT)
  • Multiple Resistance Screening Trial (GMST)
  • Plant Hopper Screening Trial (PHS)

C. Funded  Projects:

FMC, India Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore

  • Evaluation of bio-efficacy of Carbosulfan 6G against pests of rice
  • Evaluation of bio-efficacy of Carbosulfan 25% EC against sucking insect pests of chilli
  • Evaluation of bio-efficacy of Carbosulfan 25 EC against pests of rice
United Phosphorus Ltd., Mumbai:
  • Evaluation of bio-efficacy of UPI -309  against pests of paddy
Sumitomo chemicals India Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi
  •  Evaluation of bio-efficacy of Clothianidin 0.5% G against sucking pests of Okra