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All India Coordinated Research Project on Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds
The State Scheme on “Biological Control of Bollworms on Cotton, Borers on Sugarcane, Paddy and Other Important Cultivated Crops of Maharashtra” (Non-plan) was started in 1962. Through survey and collection of indigenous Natural Enemies (NEs) of important crop pests, 335 species of parasites and predators have been recorded and exotic parasites and predators were obtained through the Commonwealth Institute of Biological Control (CIBC) and Biological Control Centre (BCC), Bangalore for testing their effectiveness in the biosuppression of important crop pests like cotton bollworms, sugarcane and paddy stem borers, potato tuber moth and other major pests of vegetables and fruit crops.
The All India Coordinated Research Project on Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds started functioning from 1990-91 with the principal mandate ‘Biological control of potato pests’. Then, this centre was supported by the Project Directorate of Biological Control (PDBC), Bangalore and the technical programme finalized in the Annual Biocontrol Workers’ Group Meeting and the Research Review Committee of the University is being executed.