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Special Issue "Sustainable Pest Management in Agriculture"
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: 25 June 2023 | Viewed by 10598
Special Issue Editor
Interests: insect; host plant; predators - parasites interactions; pest biological control; edible insects
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Special Issue in Agriculture: Pest Control and Insect Behavioral Ecology
Special Issue Information
Sustainable pest control in agricultural systems includes multiple strategies and kinds of control to reduce conventional insecticide. Smart farming and digital tools contribute to sustainability from monitoring to preventive and curative actions. Integrated pest management includes the development of diverse ways of combining complementary approaches to manage pests by promoting the use of natural molecules and micro- or macro-organisms alone or in combination to elicit direct entomotoxic effects in pests without having an impact on non-target species. The agroecology concept with a diversity of field managements, including flower strips and intercropping, is also increasingly applied for sustainable pest control. In this context, pest management through behavioral changes but also entomophagous beneficials can lead to attraction and kill and/or push–pull alternatives in multitrophic interactive ways either by using semiochemical releasers, by including odor-emitting plants, or according to intercropping/mixing crops. Interactions between soil, plant, and insect increasingly have to consider associated microbiota from each with promising applications such as crop defense elicitation by rhizobacteria or endophytic fungi. This Special Issue of Agriculture will include original research articles and mini-reviews focusing on the latest developments in the sustainable control of various agricultural pests, considering the effect of a diversity of strategies and approaches and enhancing different trophic interactions for new applications in crop fields.
Prof. Dr. Frédéric Francis
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- physical control
- chemical ecology
- plant selection
- habitat management