Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

This course is archived. Certificates will not be issued for this course.

The videos used in this AgMOOC, unless stated otherwise, are hosted on the NPTEL channel on YouTube because NPTEL supported the earlier offering of this MOOC

Course Description

Insect pests cause huge economic loss to crops across the globe affecting total food production which is essential to meet the demands of growing human population. Avoiding such loss is of the immediate concern for all and this is achievable through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). 
This course on IPM will cover the basics of insects and their dominance in nature, insects as pests, reasons for their outbreak resulting in crop loss, types of pests, and mode of surveillance, sampling methods and economic damage levels of pest populations. The course also explains about the principles and concepts of pest management and different components of IPM: legal, ecological, physical, cultural, mechanical, behavioral biological, botanical, chemical and biotechnological approaches.
This course also talks on Integration of different IPM tactics, their pros and cons and Implementation of AESA - Agro-ecosystem Analysis in pest management. Lastly, successful IPM cases in Cereals (Paddy), Commercial Crops (Cotton, Sugarcane), Pulses (Redgram, Soybean), Oilseed Crop (Groundnut), Vegetable Crops (Cabbage, Tomato) and
Fruit Crops (Mango, Grapes) will be discussed.

Course Content

  • Pest, definition and categories
  • Principles of pest management
  • Components of IPM
  • IPM integration tactics
  • Agro-ecosystem analysis
  • Successful IPM cases

Course Audience

  • Students of Agricultural Universities
  • Faculty of SAU
  • Agriculture Scientists in ARS
  • NGOs in Agriculture
  • Field Officers of Department of Agriculture / Horticulture
  • KVK Subject Matter Specialist in Crop Protection
  • Progressive Farmers/ Farming Community

Outcomes of this Course

  • Pest survey, surveillance and methods of sampling
  • Ecological management of pests
  • Pest management by modifying insect development and behavior
  • Pest management through innovative approaches
  • Pros and cons of different IPM techniques and their integration
  • Successful IPM cases


Qualifying students will be given certificates based on their involvement and performance. Participation OR Competence certificate will be issued by Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada.