“Crop Protection-driven Food Safety and Security”. Upon implementation of the Green Revolution, manifold increase in food production rendered a new era of chemical agriculture resulting in adverse effects on flora, fauna, soil, water, human health and ecology. Technological improvements in crop protection such as soil and seed-treatment, biofumigation, sitespecific management, non-chemicals and biopesticides, sound and needbased use of semiochemicals, the introduction of resistant or tolerant plant materials, the introduction of biotechnological approaches, and overall the IPM strategies have made a significant contribution to obtain the least polluted agri-commodities with minimum disturbance to the ecosystem. The current book discusses various issues on (i) abiotic and biotic stresses threatening agriculture, (ii) non-chemical strategies encouraging organic management, (iii) chemical tactics against biotic stress, (iv) improving agricultural commodities using postharvest tools, and (v) legal implications in pest management. The chapters are presented in the form of an extended summary based on the knowledge and researchoriented attempts with recent, innovative and indigenous technical approaches. This book will immensely be helpful to train the students, faculties, scientists, government officials, extension personnel, representatives of NGOs or private organizations, progressive farmers and policy-makers to provide safer food materials to humankind.
About the Author: Abhijeet Ghatak, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology at Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), India, and is the author or co-author of many peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers. He has two edited books published from the Apple Academic Press, USA to his credit. He has been serving as an editorial board member of an international peer-reviewed journal ‘Journal of Post-Harvest Technology’, and performs as a reviewerfor Indian Phytopathology, Journal of Plant Biochemistry, and Biotechnology, and Plant Pathology. At BAU, he has hold many projects including the international collaboration with CIMMYT, Mexico. Currently, he is associated with anotherinternationally funded project from France (INRIA). Dr Ghatak is engaged in researches on nanotechnology and plant health management with implications of phytopathological and epidemiological tools. He is a member of the Core Research Group and Research Monitoring Committee at BAU, and has been providing appropriate direction and assistance to sensitize priority and evaluation of research in the university. BAU has recognized Dr Ghatak as the coordinator of host-parasite interaction research. He supervises students of undergraduate and post-graduate standards, and has been involved in class teaching for over nine years. He has earned the post-graduatedegree in Mycology and Plant Pathology from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and acquired the doctorate degree in Plant Pathology from GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India. Dr Ghatak has achieved experience on working at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, where he established a relationship between neck blast and leaf blast epidemics in rice.
Ramanuj Vishwakarma, Ph.D., FESI is an Assistant Professorcum-Junior Scientist in the Department of Entomology, Bihar Agricultural University (BAU), Sabour, Bihar, India since 1st October 2012. He acquired Doctoral Degree in Agricultural Entomology from Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Mohanpur, West Bengal and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Entomology from Narendra Dev University of Agriculture and Technology, Kumarganj, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh. Since joining at BAU, Sabour, Dr. Vishwakarma taught several entomological courses to UG, PG, and Ph.D. students. He has successfully guided six PG students as Major Advisor for completion of their degree in Entomology discipline. He acted as External or Internal Examiner as Evaluator/Paper Setter for different UG, PG and Ph.D. courses ofreputed agricultural universities/organizations. He has been working on the holistic development of apiculture sector in Bihar besides the field of Aboutthe Editors v agricultural entomology. He acted/acting as PI/Co-PI of many of the projects as funded by ICAR/state government. Besides these, he has created a Unit naming ‘Beekeeping-cum-Honey Production Unit’ at the University that is not only providing an appropriate forum to UG & PG students for their teaching and research activities vis-a-vis also rendering the extension services to the farming community. He had successfully organised a number of seminars/conference. He is contributing as ‘Associate Editor’ of International Journal of Agriculture Sciences and ‘Member’, Editorial Advisory Board of Journal of Post Harvest Technology. He has published about 31 research papers in reputed journals and edited/authored 11 books, 14 book chapters, 09 bulletins, 03 manuals, edited souvenirs (04), editing Bihar Kisan Diary since last six years, popular articles (21), folders (05), and research abstracts (12).
Nishant Prakash, Ph.D. completed his B.Sc. (Ag) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi in 2007. He was awarded with ICARJRF in2007 and joined M.Sc.(Ag) program at Department of Plant Pathology, GB Pant University, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. He was awarded with CSIR-NET in 2010 and ASRB-NET in 2013. He completed his Doctorate in 2014. In 2014, he joined as a Subject Matter Specialist at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Arwal. He has published his research papers in International and National Journals. He has also published book chapters in reputed edited books of good International publications. He is also a co-author of one objective and one text book on Plant Pathology.
Ranjeet Kumar did Ph.D. on stored product entomology in the year 2010 fromGBPantUniversity ofAgriculture andTechnology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. Presently he is working as Assistant Professor-cum-Junior Scientist in the Post Graduate Department of Entomology, Bihar Agriculture University, Sabour, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India. Dr Kumar worked on stored grain pest for the sustainable and herbal management. During, course of investigation, Dr Kumar developed several herbal fumigants for sustainable management of stored grain and seed insect. He has significantly contributed in the field of Agricultural Entomology as well as Stored Product Entomology. He is Fellow of Royal Entomological Society, London and member of several Entomological Societies in India. Dr Kumaris recipient of German grant in the year 2018 for participation in IWCSPP. He has published 02 books from CRC press USA and 04 books in English and Hindi. He has also published 32 research papers in journal of International and National reputes and 19 popular articles in magazine and periodicals. He has earned vast experience in Agricultural Entomology as well as Stored Product Entomology for Teaching, Research, Extension and Training