Special Issue "Integrated Management of Crop Diseases and Pests"

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: 10 September 2023 | Viewed by 142

Special Issue Editors

CREA Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification (CREA-DC), Via di Lanciola 12/a, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Interests: agricultural entomology; biological pest control IPM on agricultural pests; alien invasive pests; diagnostic entomology
CREA Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification (CREA-DC), Via di Lanciola 12/a, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Interests: biological invasions; biocontrol agents; entomology pest control; behavioural ecology
CREA Research Centre for Plant Protection and Certification (CREA-DC), Via di Lanciola 12/a, 50125 Firenze, Italy
Interests: BCA; acarology; pest control; behavioural ecology; multi-trophic interactions.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The integrated management of crop diseases and pests represents a challenge for the agricultural system of many countries. European legislation has long since introduced the concept of plant protection from pests and diseases that is increasingly sustainable and compatible with safeguarding the environment and human health. The use of different control strategies through a combination of techniques such as biological control, the use of alternative substances that can interfere with the plants or their enemies, modification of cultural practices, and the use of resistant varieties allows a more effective solution to the issue of plant protection. The goal of integrated management is to minimize the harm of synthetic pesticides on people and the environment and control infestation at acceptable levels rather than eradicate all undesired populations of organisms and microorganisms harmful to plants.

This Special Issue aims to collect the results of the most recent research in the field of integrated pest and disease management in agriculture, taking into consideration the ever more stringent legislation and the ever-greater phytosanitary emergencies connected to climate change and the expansion of international trade.

I warmly invite all colleagues dealing with this important topic to submit the results of their research and any reviews on this topic.

Dr. Elisabetta Gargani
Dr. Giuseppe Mazza
Dr. Sauro Simoni
Guest Editors

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  • IPM in fruit tree crops
  • IPM in annual crops
  • biological control of pests and diseases
  • agronomic practice to control pests and diseases
  • biotechnology application for IPM
  • IPM and its impact on the environment
  • IPM for invasive alien pests and diseases.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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