Special Issue "Effects of Nematodes on Crop Production"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Protection, Diseases, Pest and Weeds".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 May 2023) | Viewed by 262

Special Issue Editors

Centre for Functional Ecology - Science for People & the Planet (CFE), Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Calçada Martim de Freitas, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: nematology; phytopathology; plant-parasitic nematodes; Globodera spp.; Meloidogyne spp.; control of plant parasitic nematodes; trap-crops; molecular biology; plant extracts
Chemical Process Engineering and Forest Products Research Centre, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Rua Sílvio Lima, Pólo II, Pinhal de Marrocos, 3030-790 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: nematology; phytopathology; plant-parasitic nematodes; Meloidogyne spp.; management; bionematicides; plant–nematode interaction
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Approximately 4100 species of all known nematodes are plant-parasitic nematodes (PPNs) that affect the quality and quantity of many crops. When PPNs attack the plants, there is a disruption in development, which leads to underdeveloped plants causing reductions in crop yield. Their control is mainly achieved via crop rotation and the use of resistant cultivars, combined with nematicide application. Even though the use of chemical pesticides is an effective control strategy, this is expensive, and legislation is very strict regarding their use in the field, focusing mainly on environmental and health risks. The increase in environmental concerns and regulatory restrictions leads to the urgent need to find other control measures as an alternative to chemical pesticides. In turn, other nematodes have advantages, because they have a beneficial role in the food web, contributing to enhance soil quality and crop production.

This Special Issue focuses on the effects of nematodes on crop production. This issue will include interdisciplinary studies including nematology, phytopathology, microbiology, and pest management studies. Research articles will cover a broad range of fields, such as new technologies to control PPNs in the fields, how beneficial nematodes can contribute to increase crop production, and many others, such as PPN competition. 

Dr. Isabel Conceição
Dr. Carla Maleita
Guest Editors

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  • biostimulants
  • crop production
  • crop protection
  • integrated pest management
  • pest control
  • plant extracts
  • plant-parasitic nematodes
  • population density
  • soil biodiversity

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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