• A Uma Narasimham

      Articles written in Proceedings – Animal Sciences

    • Aggressive interactions among wild and domestic rodents

      Shakunthala Sridhara A Uma Narasimham R V Krishnamoorthy

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      Intra- and interspecific bisexual encounters betweenBandicota bengalensis, Rattus rattus, Tatera indica and domesticated strain ofRattus norvegicus were staged for 10 min every day for seven days. The amicable, aggressive, submissive/avoidance and residual behaviour counts were recorded for each partner of the different species combinations and compared. The different species pair combinations were classified as amicable, aggressive and neutral, depending on the ratios of aggressive and amicable behaviour counts. These results are discussed with reference to inter-species relationships, resident-intruder status, body weight-dominance correlation, ‘bully effect’ of albino rats and sex differences in agonistic behaviour.

    • Biosystematic studies onAphytis in India—A promising area of research

      A Uma Narasimham M J Chacko

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      Species of the genusAphytis Howard (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Aphelinidae) develop as primary ectoparasites of armoured scale insects (Homoptera, Coccoidea and Diaspididae) and are the most important natural enemies of this group of pests. Several species have been successfully employed in the biological control of important armoured scale insect pests in different parts of the world. In spite of the importance ofAphytis, very little is known about the species occurring in India, a promising area for additional and important species. In the past although taxonomists have made significant contributions to our knowledge of Indian Chalcidoidea, the genusAphytis has largely been neglected because the identification of the species in this group is extremely difficult for want of readily recognizable morphological criteria and due to the common occurrence of sibling and uniparental species. The recognition of sibling species and different biological races is often important in biological control. Hence there is a need in India to initiate studies onAphytis to establish the identity of cryptic species and to recognize biological races and other infra-specific entities exhibiting morphological and biological differences, with special attention to those parasitic on armoured scale insects on economically important plants. These studies would pave the way for biological control strategies for pest species in India and elsewhere and also for those which may eventually attain pest status due to changing ecosystems.


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