From Pollinators to Pests: The Dual Roles of Insects in Shaping Agricultural Landscapes

Chethan T *

Department of Agricultural Entomology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Sreejith Vakayil

Department of Sericulture, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Vijay R

Department of Agricultural Entomology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Nandini S N

Department of Agricultural Entomology, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India.

Arshad Khayum

Department of Postharvest Management, College of Horticulture, Mudigere-577132 (University: KSNUAHS, Shivamogga-577412), India.

Chaitra. K

Department of Floriculture and Landscaping, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India.

Chethan Kumar K B

Department of Plant Genetic Resources, ICAR- Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi, India.

C. Venkatesh

Department of Horticulture, J K K Munirajah College of Agricultural Science, TN Palayam, Gobi, Erode, Tamil Nadu- 638506, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Insects play a pivotal role in agriculture, acting both as beneficial pollinators and as destructive pests. Pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and other insects, are essential for the successful reproduction of many crops, enhancing biodiversity and contributing significantly to global food production. Conversely, insect pests pose substantial threats to agricultural productivity by damaging crops, leading to economic losses and increased reliance on chemical pesticides. This duality underscores the complex interplay between insects and agricultural systems, necessitating integrated pest management strategies that balance the promotion of pollinators and the control of pests. Understanding and managing these dual roles are crucial for sustainable agricultural practices, ensuring food security while maintaining ecological balance.

Keywords: Bees, biodiversity, roles, chemical, productivity, complex


How to Cite

T, Chethan, Sreejith Vakayil, Vijay R, Nandini S N, Arshad Khayum, Chaitra. K, Chethan Kumar K B, and C. Venkatesh. 2024. “From Pollinators to Pests: The Dual Roles of Insects in Shaping Agricultural Landscapes”. Journal of Scientific Research and Reports 30 (7):647-63. https://doi.org/10.9734/jsrr/2024/v30i72178.

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