Special Issue "Advances in Integrated Pest Management Strategies"

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: 15 June 2023 | Viewed by 935

Special Issue Editor

cE3c-Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes/Azorean Biodiversity Group, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Universidade dos Açores, PT-9700-042 Angra do Heroísmo, Açores, Portugal
Interests: integrated pest management; plant protection; applied entomology; pest monitoring

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Integrated pest management is of extreme importance, especially today, when fewer active substances are available to apply against pests that affect all agricultural productions. Therefore, new methods and strategies are needed to deal with new invasive pests and to prevent outbreaks of diseases. Plant health and its protection is not limited to the presence or absence of pest populations but includes human health, as a part of the “One Health” concept.

This Special Issue of "Crop Protection, Diseases, Pests, and Weeds" aims to publish high-quality scientific multidisciplinary contributions demonstrating the integration of different control methods into crop protection.

It is also important to consider for publication studies on traditional and innovative strategies for the control of plant diseases and insect pests, as well as weeds, especially today in the context of sustainable agriculture.

It is of great importance for the scientific community to disseminate its research results, as well as their possible practical applications.

Topics in this Special Issue should include integrated pest and weeds management; studies on new biopesticides; the environmental effect of pesticides; biological control; the use of natural compounds as fungicides, insecticides, herbicides, and others in crop protection; the effect of invasive alien species in agroecosystems; and sampling and monitoring schemes for pests and diseases. 

Prof. Dr. David João Horta Lopes
Guest Editors

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  • integrated pest management
  • biological control
  • invasive alien species
  • natural compounds
  • new and traditional pesticides

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Down-Regulation of Strigolactone Biosynthesis Gene D17 Alters the VOC Content and Increases Sogatella furcifera Infectivity in Rice
Agriculture 2023, 13(4), 842; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13040842 - 09 Apr 2023
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DWARF17 (D17/HTD1) is a well-defined rice strigolactone (SL) biosynthesis gene that influences rice tiller development and the production of rice. To investigate whether SLs play a role in the regulation of rice’s defense against the white-backed planthopper (WBPH, Sogatella [...] Read more.
DWARF17 (D17/HTD1) is a well-defined rice strigolactone (SL) biosynthesis gene that influences rice tiller development and the production of rice. To investigate whether SLs play a role in the regulation of rice’s defense against the white-backed planthopper (WBPH, Sogatella furcifera), we compared a SL-biosynthetic defective mutant (d17) with WT rice plants. Our olfactory bioassay results revealed that WBPHs are attracted to d17 plants, which may be attributed to changes in rice volatile substances. Hexanal, a volatile substance, was significantly reduced in the d17 plants, and it was demonstrated that it repelled WBPHs at a concentration of 100 μL/L. Compared to the WT plants, WBPH female adults preferred to oviposit on d17 plants, where the egg hatching rate was higher. The transcript level analysis of defense-associated genes in the JA and SA pathways showed that the expression of OsJAmyb, OsJAZ8, OsPR1a and OsWRKY62 were significantly reduced in d17 plants compared to WT plants following WBPH infection. These findings suggest that silencing the strigolactone biosynthesis gene D17 weakens defenses against S. furcifera in rice. Full article
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