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Beneficial insects to manage menace of Parthenium weed at SASRD NU

Monday, 19 June 2017 13:46
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Dimapur, June 18: A batch of beneficial insects were released at SASRD campus by the Dean, SASRD on June 15 last to manage the obnoxious weed, Parthenium. 

Parthenium hysterophorus, commonly known as congress grass or carrot weed is considered to be one of the most noxious weed. It is known to suppress the growth of local vegetation and also reported as a health hazard by causing dermatitis, eczema and asthma as well as causing health risk to cattle and other grazing animals. This weed also serves as a reservoir of viral diseases of important crops. 

According to a SASRD press release, Parthenium is believed to have entered India with the import of wheat grains in the mid '50s and has been gaining in Nagaland especially in Dimapur district growing in roadsides, railway tracks, agricultural land, playgrounds, gardens, etc.

A study on the biology and effectiveness of the Mexican beetle under Nagaland condition is currently in progress at the Department of Entomology, SASRD, Nagaland University with the aim of providing a safe management practice to suppress Parthenium weed in the state. A trial batch of the Mexican beetles were released in the open on Parthenium weeds at SASRD campus. 

The Department of Entomology has meanwhile expressed gratitude to Dr. Sushil Kumar, Principal Scientist, ICAR-Directorate of Weed Research, Jabalpur, MP, for providing a healthy batch of the Mexican beetles for the study. 

(Page News Service) 


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