Foreword. Preface. 1. Biodiversity - origins, status and future/H.R. Pajni. 2. Insect pollinators: the conservation link in bio-diversity/Neelima R. Kumar and Joginder Singh. 3. Pollinator diversity, beekeeping and sustainable mountain crop productivity/Neelam Mattu and V.K. Mattu. 4. Organic beekeeping in the Northwest Himalayas: status, prospects and development strategies/V.K. Mattu and Neelam Mattu. 5. Pesticide residues in food and their management/Balbir Singh Joia. 6. Insect growth regulators: a novel approach for insect pest management/Gursharan Singh and G.K. Taggar. 7. A century of mosquito biology and public health: major advances and collateral pitfalls/Karamjit Singh Rai. 8. Domestic water: source of deadly vector borne diseases/V.P. Sharma. 9. Genomic studies in mosquitoes - an overview, a case study and future prospects/S. Chaudhry. 10. The Indian mosquito taxonomy at crossroads: glorious past, dwindling present and promising future roadmap with a preliminary catalogue of Indian mosquitoes/B.K. Tyagi. 11. Systematics of Indian arctiidae (Lepidoptera: Insecta)/Jagbir Singh Kirti and Navneet Singh Gill. 12. Malaria and vectors in South East Asia: Recent scenario, major concerns and future perspectives/Ashwani Kumar. 13. Studies on relative abundance of five species belonging to tribe Aedini (Diptera : Culicidae) in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas/Sagan Deep Kaur and Monika Airi. 14. Some insight into urban Malaria in two ecologically different areas in West Bengal State, India/Sajal Bhattacharya. 15. Strategies for the control of ticks and tick-borne parasitic diseases (especially bovine tropical theileriosis) of cattle in India, with emphasis on immunological control/Jyotika Kapur-Ghai. 16. Role of nuclear energy in insect science: applied perspectives and potential in India/R.K. Seth. 17. Role of entomotoxicology in crime investigation/Devinder Singh and Bhanvi Wadhawan.
From the Preface: In the animal kingdom, insects occupy a prime position by their sheer numbers. More than one million species are known and described and many unknown taxa are yet to be discovered. High diversity these wonderful creatures present in terms of their shapes, sizes, colours and functions is truly fascinating. An innumerable number of species of insects are harmful agricultural pests and vectors of disease pathogens in animals and humans on the one hand and on the other they are highly useful and economically hugely important as pollinators of crops, predators of pests, producers of honey, silk and lac, etc. It is amazing how remarkably well organized is the social behaviour of honey bees, ants and termites, which is rarely encountered in other animals even in the advanced ones. It is strikingly interesting how these social insects transmit chemical signals to each other at a remarkably fast speed in their well organized colonies. All these attributes of insects make them fascinating subjects for scientific investigation. Human interest in insects covers vast spectrum from control of harmful ones to preserve and propagate the economically important and useful species. The field of entomology is therefore very interesting and rewarding profession.