As the world is celebrating 5 June as ‘World Environment Day’, I am glad to inform my readers on this special day, that I have recently taken up the position as chair professor of the newly created Red Palm Weevil Research Chair at King Saudi University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is
Many advances have been made in the frontier areas of biotechnology, tissue culture, genetic evaluation, genomics of plants and insects. Some mind boggling technologies which were only hypothetical have been transformed into reality in the form of GM crops. Along with positives, there are severa
I wish all visitors and contributors to my blog a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2009. The past year was eventful in the sense, that there were alarm bell ringing about climate change in various forums worldwide and most of the agencies have started focusing on this impending peril. Of course it is
Coconut palm damage percentage: Generally the extension agencies record the number of infestions by the pest to understan its severity in a given location, region, province etc. This will help in formulation extension programs to suit the local needs.
Date palm damage percentage: Here al
Almost the entire damage is caused by the larvae that feed on the inner tissues of host palm near the crown or some part of the trunk region. In coconut the damage is towards the upper portion of trunk but in date palm the damage is more at the base of the trunk. The external symptoms produc
Before I conclude, the management of red palm weevil is possible only with the cooperation of growers, farmers, governemental departments, dedicated researchers, policy makers and research organizations. Today the world we live in is like a global village. If somewhere some new pest or emerging