Pest Management in Tropical Forests

  • C. T. Ashok Kumar
  • O. K. Remadevi
  • Bakola Rukayah Aminu-Taiwo


For pest management to be an integral part of forest resource management, a “look-ahead” policy must be in place. Monitoring is an important step while formulating the management strategies in forestry. Mechanical and physical methods serve as barriers and prevent insect pests from establishing on host plants. Use of insecticides is recommended only when it is needed to suppress a colossal amount of damage due to a pest outbreak or to eradicate the limited infestation of invasive pests. Three basic strategies in forest pest management are No action, Prevention, and Direct suppression. Besides, we have to consider local people’s perception and participation and ecological, policy, and economic aspects. Pest dynamics under changing climatic conditions needs to be evaluated for successful management of pests in diverse ecoclimatic regions.


Silviculture Monoculture Abiotic factor Pests Policy Biological control Cultural control Chemical control 



Authors are thankful to the authorities of the University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVK, Bengaluru and Environmental Management, Policy Research Institute, Bengaluru and ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla, for encouragement. Photographs, graphs, flow charts and other illustrations have been extracted from own works and also from different publications to whom we are indebted and grateful.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. T. Ashok Kumar
    • 1
  • O. K. Remadevi
    • 2
  • Bakola Rukayah Aminu-Taiwo
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyUniversity of Agricultural Sciences, GKVKBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI), “Hasiru Bhavana”BangaloreIndia
  3. 3.National Horticultural Research InstituteIbadanNigeria

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