Management of the giantAfrican snail, Achatina fulica (Bowdich) (Stylommatophora:Achatinidae) in India

M JAYASHANKAR, V SRIDHAR, ABRAHAM VERGHESE

Abstract


The giant African snail, Achatina fulica (Bowdich) is one of the most extensively studied snails because of its economic, ecological and medical importance. An array of literature concerning its management is on record, both at global and the Indian context. This review provides an account of all management measures devised against A. fulica in different agri-horticultural ecosystems of India, serving as an update of currently known measures and possible impetus for designing future measures. Recommending an integrated approach involving cultural, mechanical, chemical and biological methods seems inevitable to manage the impact of the snail on Indian agriculture.


Keywords


Achatina fulica; giant Aftrican snail; IPM; molluscicides; metaldehyde baits

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