Undergraduate Programs


The Department of Entomology offers six compulsory courses at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Agriculture. The details of the courses as follows:

Course number            : ENTOM 2201

Course Title                 : Fundamentals of Entomology (Theory)

Number of credits       : 3 hrs

Total Marks                 : 100

 

Rationale

This course is designed to provide the students with the detail knowledge on elementary aspects of insects and arachnids enabling them to identify and classify insects, mites and spiders.

 

Objectives

The aim of this course is to-

  • Provide taxonomic knowledge for classification of insects and arachnids
  • Acquaint students with insects’ morphological structures and their functions
  • Develop skills to categorize insects, mites and spiders in different orders and families
  • Acquire knowledge on physiology, reproduction and neurobiology of insects

 

Learning outcomes

  • Identify insects and arachnids
  • Explain insects morphological structures and features
  • Describe systematics of insects and arachnids with their agricultural importance
  • Outline physiological process of insects
  • Describe neurological structures and functions in insects
  • Understand insect reproduction

 

Course content

  • Insecta and Arachnida: General characters and classifications.
  • Insect morphology: External anatomy of insect. antennae, legs, mouthparts, wings, stridulatory organs and integument in insects.
  • Insect taxonomy: Diagnostic characters and economic importance of orders and families of insects, mites and spiders of agricultural importance.
  • Insect physiology: Insect nutrition. Endocrine glands- neurosecretory cells, corpora cardiaca, corpora allata and thoracic glands. Insect hormones- types of hormones and their functions. Moulting- Process of moulting. Metamorphosis- types of metamorphosis, hormonal control of metamorphosis.
  • Insect neurobiology: Neuron- Sensory neuron, motor neuron and associated neuron, reflex arc. Sense organs-mechanoreceptor, chemoreceptor, photoreceptor, auditory receptor, temperature and humidity receptor. Nervous system- central, peripheral and sympathetic nervous system.
  • Insect reproduction: Reproductive system and types of reproduction.

 

Teaching strategy /Learning experience

  • Lecture
  • Videos
  • Presentation
  • Self-study/E-learning
  • Tutorial

Assessment strategy

  • Written test (Short, descriptive type question)
  • Quiz test
  • Assignment

 

Recommended Books (Entom. 2201):

 

Blum, M.S. 1985. Fundamentals of insect physiology. John Wiley & Sons, New York.

Borror, D.J., Delong, D.M. and Triplehorn, C.A. 1976. An introduction to the study of insects. Holt Rinchart and Winston, New York.

Fiennes, R. N. 1972. Biology of nutrition. Pregamon Press, Oxford and New York.

Frederik, H. and Jhout, N.I. 1994. Insect hormones. Intercept Ltd., London.

Gillot, C. 1995. Entomology. Plenum Publ. Corp., New York.

Hossain, M. and Rahman, R. 1984. Uchchatar Kittatta (in Bengali), Bangla Academy, Dhaka.

Hossain, M. and Rahman, R. 1985. Opakhkhal O Bahipakhkhal Kitpatanga Parichiti (in Bengali), Bangla Academy, Dhaka.

Imms, A.D.     A General Text Book of Entomology. Springer Publ.

Mani, M.S. 1990.General Entomology. Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.

Nayar, K. K., Ananthakrishnan, T. N. and David, B. V. 1985. General and applied Entomology. Tata McGraw- Hill Publ. Co. Ltd., India.

Pathak, S.C. and Sahai . Y.N. 1986. Recent advances in insect physiology, morphology and ecology. Todays and Tomorrow's Printers & Publishers, New Delhi.

Rahman, R.and Hossain, M. 1985. Ontapakhkhal Kitpatanga Parichiti (in Bangali), Bangla Academy, Dhaka.

Richards, O.W. and Davis, R.G. 1977. Imm’s general textbook of Entomology.     Vols. I & II., Chapman and Hall, London.

Romoser, W.S. 1973. The science of Entomology. MacMillan Publ. Co., New York.

Ross, H. H. 1965. A text book of Entomology. John Wiley, New York.

Saxena, S. C. 1996. Biology of insects. Oxford & IBH Publishing Company.

Wigglesworth, V. B. 1967. The principles of insect physiology. Mathuen & Co., London

 

 

 

Course number            : ENTOM 2222

Course Title                 : Fundamentals of Entomology (Practical)

Number of credits       : 2 hrs

Contact hours              : 2

Total Marks                 : 100

 

Rationale:

Basic practical know-how of entomology is a pre-requisite for graduates of agriculture. This course is designed to provide the students with the detail knowledge on some practical idea about the elementary aspects of insects and arachnids enabling them to identify and classify insects, mites and spiders through preparing an insect collection box. Students will also understand basic physiological aspects of insects.

 

Objectives:

The aim of this course is to-

  • identify and illustrate insects and theirappendages
  • identify insects, mites and spiders of economic importance
  • prepare temporary and permanent slides of insect appendages
  • collect and preserveof insectspecimen
  • dissect and display different internal anatomical organs of insect

 

Learning outcomes

  • Explain external and internal anatomical features of insect
  • Identify and illustrate different appendages of insects with modifications
  • Learn techniques of slide preparation
  • Prepare an insect box
  • Identify economically important insects, mites, and spiders relevant to agriculture

 

Course content

  1. External anatomy of insect.
  2. Study of various types of antennae, legs, mouthparts and wings of insects.
  3. Techniques of preparation of temporary and permanent slides of insect appendages.
  4. Internal anatomy of grasshopper, cotton bug and a lepidopteran insect.
  5. Methods of collecting, killing, preparing, and preserving of insects.
  6. Identification up to family of insects, mites, and spiders of economic importance in Bangladesh.

 

Teaching strategy /Learning experience

  • Lecture
  • Videos
  • Presentation
  • Self-study/E-learning
  • Demonstration
  • Practice

 

Assessment strategy

  • Written test (MCQ, Short type question)
  • Quiz test
  • Assignment
  • Interview

 

Recommended Books (Entom. 2202):

Borror, D.J., Delong, D.M. and Triplehorn, C.A. 1976. An introduction to the study of insects. Holt Rinchart and Winston, New York.

Gibb, T and Oseto, C. 2005. Arthropod Collection and Identification- Laboratory and Field Techniques. Academic Press

Gillot, C. 1995. Entomology. Plenum Publ. Corp., New York.

Imms, A.D.     A General Text Book of Entomology. Springer Publ.

Mani, M.S. 1990.General Entomology. Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.

Nayar, K. K., Ananthakrishnan, T. N. and David, B. V. 1985. General and applied Entomology. Tata McGraw- Hill Publ. Co. Ltd., India.

Richards, O.W. and Davis, R.G. 1977. Imm’s general textbook of Entomology.     Vols. I & II., Chapman and Hall, London.

Romoser, W.S. 1973. The science of Entomology. MacMillan Publ. Co., New York.

Ross, H. H. 1965. A text book of Entomology. John Wiley, New York.

Saxena, S. C. 1996. Biology of insects. Oxford & IBH Publishing Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course number.: Entom. 3201

Course title: Insect   : Ecology and Pest Management

Number of credits : 03

Total marks: 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rationale:

This course will provide detail knowledge on insect ecology and techniques of pest management for environmentally sound and sustainable crop protection. It will build the confidence of the students toaddress the situations ofpest problems.

 

Objectives:

At the end of the course students will be able to-

  • gain understandings the ecological aspects of insects.
  • perform, monitor and forecast the pest.
  • explain the concepts and methods of pest management.
  • design andapply the approaches of Integrated Pest Management.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the basics of insect population and insect polymorphism
  • Analyze pest status and methods of insect population and crop loss estimation
  • Describe the basicconceptsof insect pest management
  • Explain and use different methods of insect pest management
  • Design and develop IPM to implement in crop production

 

Course contents

A: Insect Ecology

Insect population: Ecological niche and habitats, agro-ecosystem, population dynamics. Influence of environmental factors on insect population. Growth forms of insect populations. Insect demography.

 

Insect polymorphism: Clonal, phase and social polymorphism. Adaptation of polymorphic insects in agro-ecosystem.

 

Monitoring and forecasting: Survey, field based and fixed position monitoring, pest migration, forecasting system of pest attack.

 

Population estimation and crop loss assessment: Aggregation pattern, types of pest damage, sampling, methods of population estimation, methods of crop yield loss assessment.

 

B: Pest Management

Pest management strategy: Concept of pest and pest management. Economic threshold, Economic injury level and General equilibrium position. Principles of insect pest management.

 

Methods of pest management: Conventional methods: Cultural, Mechanical, Physical, Legal and Chemical   methods. Biotechnological methods: Biocontrol, Botanical control, Host plant resistance, Insect sterility technique, Insect growth regulators. Behavioral control- Attractants, Repellants, Antifeedants and Pheromones.

 

Integrated pest management (IPM): Prospects and limitations of IPM. Development and implementation of IPM.

Teaching strategy / Learning experience

  • Lecture
  • Assignment
  • Videos
  • Self-study/E-learning
  • Tutorial

Assessment strategy

 

 

Books Recommended (Entom. 3201):

Abrol, D.P. and Shanka, U. (Editorr). Integrated Pest Management: Principles and Practice. CABI Publ.

Andrewartha, H.G. and Birch, L.C. 1970. The distribution and abundance of animals. The University of Chicago Press Ltd., London.

Atwal, A.S. 1976. Agricultural pests of India and Southeast Asia. Kalyani Publ., New Delhi.

Burges, H.D. 1981. Microbial control of pests and plant diseases 1970-1980. Academic Press, New York.

Dent, D. 1991. Insect pest management. CAB International.

Hossain, M. 2001. Smannita Kitpatanga Babathtapana (in Bengali). Bangla Academy, Dhaka.

Huffaker, C.B. and Gutierrez, A.P.1999. Ecological Entomology. John wiley and Sons., Inc.

Ishaaya, I. 1998. Insecticides with novel modes of action. Narosa Pub., India.

Kilgore, W.W. and Doutt, R.H. 1967. Pest Control- Biological, physical and selected chemical methods. Academic Press, New York.

Mani, M.S. 1990. General Entomology. Oxford & IBH Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.

Metcalf, R.L. and Luckmann, W.H. 1994. Introduction to insect pest management. John Wiley and Sons, New York.

Norris, R.F. Caswell-Chen, E.P. and Kogan, M. 2003.Concepts in Integrated Pest Management.Prentice Hall.

O'Brien, R.D. 1967. Insecticides action and metabolism. Academic Press, New York.

Pimentel, D. 1993. CRC handbook of pest management in agriculture (Vols II and III). CRC Press, India.

Price, P.W. 1984. Insect ecology. John Wiley and Sons, New York, Chichester, Brisbane, Toronto, Singapore.

Sathe, T. V. 2001. Insect pest predators. Daya Publ., India

Saxena, A. B. 2000. Biological control of insects. Anmol Publ., India.

Saxena, A. B. 2000. Ecology of insects. Anmol Publ., India.

Speight, M. R., Hunter, M.D. and Watt, A. D. 1999. Ecology of insects. Concepts and applications. Blackwell Science.

Upadhyay, R.K. 1998. Integrated pest and disease management. APH, India.

 

Course number.: Entom. 3202

Course title: Insect Ecology and Pest Management

Number of credits : 02

Total marks: 100

 

 

 

Rationale:

This course will provide detail practical knowledge on insect ecology and techniques of pest management for environmentally sound and sustainable crop protection. It will build the confidence of the students to address the situations of pest problems.

 

 

Objectives:

At the end of the course students will be able to-

  • classify the commonly used pesticides in Bangladesh
  • compute pesticide doses according to the needs
  • understand and applydifferent pesticides safely
  • identify and handle different plant protection equipment, baits and traps
  • measure the pest populationand crop loss

 

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify commonly used pesticides in Bangladesh
  • Compute pesticide dose related problems
  • Acquainted with precautionary measures
  • Demonstrate and make use of different plantprotection equipment
  • Identify andmake use of different traps and baits
  • Compute insect population density related problems
  • Assess crop yield loss related problems

 

 

Course contents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching strategy

  • Lecture
  • Role play
  • Assignment
  • Videos
  • Field demonstration
  • Demonstration

 

Assessment strategy

  • Oral test
  • Presentation

 

 

Books Recommended (Entom. 3202):

Andrewartha, H.G. and Birch, L.C. 1970. The distribution and abundance of animals. The University of Chicago Press Ltd., London.

Dent, D. 1991. Insect pest management. CAB International.

Evans, J.W. 1987. Insect pest and their control. Soni Reprints Agency, Delhi.

Hossain, M. 2001. Smannita Kitpatanga Babathtapana (in Bengali). Bangla Academy, Dhaka.

Huffaker, C.B. and Gutierrez, A.P.1999. Ecological Entomology. John wiley and Sons., Inc.

Ishaaya, I. 1998. Insecticides with novel modes of action. Narosa Pub., India.

Islam, Z and Catling,D. 2012. Rice Pests of Bangladesh: Their Ecology an Management. The University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Metcalf, R.L. and Luckmann, W.H. 1994. Introduction to insect pest management. John Wiley and Sons, New York.

Norris, R.F. Caswell-Chen, E.P. and Kogan, M. 2003.Concepts in Integrated Pest Management.Prentice Hall.

O'Brien, R.D. 1967. Insecticides action and metabolism. Academic Press, New York.

Pimentel, D. 1993. CRC handbook of pest management in agriculture (Vols II and III). CRC Press, India.

Price, P.W. 1984. Insect ecology. John Wiley and Sons, New York, Chichester, Brisbane, Toronto, Singapore.

Sathe, T. V. 2001. Insect pest predators. Daya Publ., India

Saxena, A. B. 2000. Biological control of insects. Anmol Publ., India.

Speight, M. R., Hunter, M.D. and Watt, A. D. 1999. Ecology of insects. Concepts and applications. Blackwell Science.

 

 

 

 

Course number.: Entom. 4101

Course title:Economic Entomology

 

Number of credits : 03

Total marks: 100

 

 

 

         

 

Rationale: 

This course will provide detail knowledge on insect, mite and rodent pests, their biology, damage and appropriate control measures for sustainable crop production. They will also learn the rearing techniques of different industrial insects and their products.

 

Objectives:

At the end of this course, student will be able to-

  • update themselves with detail knowledge on insect, mite and rodent pests’ problems with their appropriate control measures for sustainable crop production.
  • obtain knowledge on the insects related to transmission of plant pathogens.
  • learn the rearing techniques of different industrial insects and their products.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the characteristics, life cycle and nature of damage of major field crop pests, horticultural crop pests, forest pests, storage pests, and vertebrate pests
  • Construct and design pest management strategy
  • Solve the problems of industrial insects
  • Identify the insects carrying plant diseases
  • Describe rearing techniques of industrial insects

Course content:

Field crop pests: Bio-ecology, nature of damage and control measures of major insect and mite pests of rice, wheat, jute, cotton, sugarcane, pulses, oilseeds, tobacco and tea.

Horticultural crop pests: Bio-ecology, nature of damage and control measures of major insect and mite pests of vegetables, fruits, ornamental plants and spices. Nursery pests.

Forest pests: Bio-ecology, nature of damage and control measures of major insect and mite pests of forest plants.

Vertebrate pests: Important vertebrate pests of field crops and stored products. Population dynamics. Rodent damage assessment. Control measures of rodents pests.

Storage pests: Important insect and mite pests in storage; their life cycle and nature of damage. General control measures of storage pests.

Insect borne plant diseases: Insects in relation to plant diseases. Role of insects in plant disease development. Methods of transmission of pathogens by insects. Toxicoses and cecidium.

Industrial insects: Silkworm, Honey bee and Lac insect.

 

 

 

Teaching strategy

  • Lecture
  • Question and answering
  • Assignment
  • Videos

 

Assessment strategy

 

Books Recommended (Entom. 4101):

 

Ahad, A., Roy, M. and Sardar, M.A. 1987. Krishi Kitbiggan (in Bengali), Bidhayan Prakashana, Dhaka.

Alam, M. Z. 1969. Insect pests of vegetables and their control in Bangladesh. Agri. Inform. Serv., Dhaka.

Alam, S.N. and Sarker, D. 2000. Bangladeshe Lakhkhar Chash (in Bengali). Lakhkha Gobeshana Kendra, Nawbabgonj, Bangladesh.

Atwal, A.S. 1986. Agricultural pests of India and Southeast Asia. Kalyani Publ., New Delhi.

Carter, W.1973. Insects in relation to plant disease. John Wiley, New York.

Cotton, R. T. 1963. Pests of stored grain and grain products. Burgess Publ. Co. Minn., USA.

Fryer, J.C.F. 1999. Insect pests of fruit crops. Biotech Books, India.

Gapud, V. P. 1992. Insect and mite pests of plant crops in Bangladesh and their natural enemies. USAID/BARC/Checchi & Co. Publ.

Heinrichs, E.A. 1994. Biology and Management of rice insects. Wiley Eastern Ltd., India.

Hiware, C.J. 2001. Agro cottage industry sericulture. Daya Publ., India.

Hossain, A.B.M.A. and Sharif, M. 1993. Moumachi Palan Bidha (in Bengali). Bangla Academy Press, Dhaka.

Islam, Z and Catling,D. 2012. Rice Pests of Bangladesh: Their Ecology an Management. The University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Krishnaswami, S., Warasimhanna, M.N. Suryanarayan, S.K. and Kumararaj, S. 1979. Sericulture Manual 2 - Silkworm rearing. FAO, Italy.

Leach, J.G. 1994. Insect transmission of plant diseases. McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York and London.

Moite, D. K. 1994. Moumachi Palan (in Bengali). Ma Tara Printing Press, Kalikata, India.

Nayar, K. K., Ananthakrishnan, T. N. and David, B. V. 1985. General and applied Entomology. Tata McGraw- Hill Publ. Co. Ltd., India.

Posamentier, H. and Elsen, A. V. 1984. Rodent pests- their biology and control in Bangladesh. BRAC Printers, Dhaka.

Prodhan, S. 1992. Insect pests of crops. National Book Trust, India.

Sathe, T. V. 2001. Cotton pests and biocontrol agents. Daya Publ., India

Singh, S. 1982. Beekeeping in India. Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.

Verma, D.K. 1999. Applied Entomology. Mittal Publ., India.

Zakladnoi, G.A. and Ratanova, V.F. 1987. Stored- grain pests and their control. Oxonian Press Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.

 

 

Course number.: Entom. 4102

Course title:Economic Entomology

 

 

 

 

Number of credits : 02

Total marks: 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                         

 

Rationale: 

This course will provide detail practical knowledge on insect, mite and rodent pests, their biology, damage and appropriate control measures for sustainable crop production. They will practically learn the rearing techniques of different industrial insects with the processing of their products.

 

Objectives:

At the end of this course, student will beable to-

  • gain up-to-date knowledge and skills about insect, mite and rodent pests’ problem with their management strategies for sustainable crop protection.
  • rear and applydifferent bio-control agents for eco-friendly management of insect pests.
  • identify the insect vectors of plant pathogens.
  • learn the rearing techniques of industrial insects with the processing of their products

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Generate pest management strategies and develop different IPM packages
  • Categorize and characterize the bio-control agents
  • Enlist and recognize the insects carrying plant diseases
  • Identify different beneficial insects and describe their rearing techniques

 

Course content:

 

  1. Survey of major pests of field crops, horticultural crops, forest plants and stored products.
  2. Identification of important nursery pests.
  3. Identification of potential predators, parasitoids and pathogens of insect pests in Bangladesh.
  4. Identification of insects carrying disease organisms of major crops in Bangladesh.
  5. Development of IPM programme for a cereal, fibre, vegetable and fruit crop.
  6. Mass culture of a pest insect and bio-control agent.
  7. Mass culture of a pest insect and bio-control agent.

 

Teaching strategy

  • Lecture
  • Field visit
  • Assignment
  • Videos
  • Field demonstration
  • Demonstration

 

 

Assessment strategy

  • Oral test
  • Presentation

 

Books Recommended (Entom. 4102):

Ahad, A., Roy, M. and Sardar, M.A. 1987. Krishi Kitbiggan (in Bengali), Bidhayan Prakashana, Dhaka.

Alam, M. Z. 1969. Insect pests of vegetables and their control in Bangladesh. Agri. Inform. Serv., Dhaka.

Atwal, A.S. 1986. Agricultural pests of India and Southeast Asia. Kalyani Publ., New Delhi.

Carter, W.1973. Insects in relation to plant disease. John Wiley, New York.

Cotton, R. T. 1963. Pests of stored grain and grain products. Burgess Publ. Co. Minn., USA.

Cohen, A. C. 2015. Insect Diets: Science and Technology, Second Edition. CRC press.

Fryer, J.C.F. 1999. Insect pests of fruit crops. Biotech Books, India.

Gapud, V. P. 1992. Insect and mite pests of plant crops in Bangladesh and their natural enemies. USAID/BARC/Checchi & Co. Publ.

Islam, Z and Catling,D. 2012. Rice Pests of Bangladesh: Their Ecology an Management. The University Press Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Juan Morales-RamosM. Guadalupe RojasDavid Shapiro-Ilan(Editors).2014.Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms Invertebrates and Entomopathogens, Academic Press.

Krishnaswami, S., Warasimhanna, M.N. Suryanarayan, S.K. and Kumararaj, S. 1979. Sericulture Manual 2 - Silkworm rearing. FAO, Italy.

Moite, D. K. 1994. Moumachi Palan (in Bengali). Ma Tara Printing Press, Kalikata, India.

Prodhan, S. 1992. Insect pests of crops. National Book Trust, India.

Sathe, T. V. 2001. Cotton pests and biocontrol agents. Daya Publ., India

Singh, S. 1982. Beekeeping in India. Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.

Verma, D.K. 1999. Applied Entomology. Mittal Publ., India.

Zakladnoi, G.A. and Ratanova, V.F. 1987. Stored- grain pests and their control. Oxonian Press Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.