Recent Advances in Pest Control Strategies in Agroecosystems

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 February 2024) | Viewed by 1062

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Department of Production and Crop Protection, University of Nariño, Pasto 602-7244309, Colombia
Interests: chemical control; biological control; predators; parasitoids; use of pheromones
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Department of Biology, National University of Colombia, Bogotá 571-3165000, Colombia
Interests: insect pathology; entomopathogenic fungi; entomopathogenic bacteria, plant–insect interaction; secondary metabolites

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Dear Colleagues,

For years, monocultures have been composited by a single plant species and represent an extreme example of low diversity. This agricultural system is more susceptible to pests and, consequently, a high degree of management and inputs are required to maintain low insect populations. Agroecosystems support the food production systems in farms and promote the biodiversity needed to maintain the natural enemies of insect pests. Thus, some technologies in modern systems aim to achieve efficient pesticide application, insect entomophagous liberation, entomopathogenic microorganism incorporation, and the use of semiochemicals, among others. We are pleased to invite you to an Agriculture Special Issue, entitled “Recent Advances in Pest Control Strategies in Agroecosystems”. This Special Issue aims to publish advances in the use of biorational (natural or synthetic) insecticides, the application of entomophagous (parasitoids or predators) and entomopathogenic (fungi, bacteria, or viruses) organisms as biocontrol agents, and the use of pheromones for pest control in agroecosystems. Existing IPM practices must be continually optimized, as well as the development of innovative new IPM tools. Original research and review articles addressing their field evaluation, the efficacy of insecticides, the production of natural enemies, and the use of pheromone-based agents in mass trapping systems are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Luis Carlos Martinez
Prof. Dr. Angelica Plata Rueda
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  • chemical control
  • biopesticides
  • entomopathogenic microorganisms
  • integrated pest management
  • natural products
  • parasitoid
  • predators
  • use of pheromones

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Artificial Adult Diet as a New Tool for Improving a Biocontrol Program with Predatory Hoverflies
by Noémie Gonzalez, Marc Fournier, Rosemarije Buitenhuis and Eric Lucas
Agriculture 2024, 14(4), 527; - 27 Mar 2024
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Syrphine hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphinae) are important predators of aphids in agricultural crops. While the use of flowering plants to enhance their efficacy is well established, recent research has developed an artificial diet for adult hoverflies consisting of a sugar solution and pollen in [...] Read more.
Syrphine hoverflies (Diptera: Syrphinae) are important predators of aphids in agricultural crops. While the use of flowering plants to enhance their efficacy is well established, recent research has developed an artificial diet for adult hoverflies consisting of a sugar solution and pollen in a dispenser. To ensure that the artificial diet is suitable to support hoverfly reproduction, a comparative analysis was conducted between a natural diet of flowering buckwheat plants versus an artificial diet consisting of artificial flowers (including honey solution and pollen), complemented by a sugar solution disperser. The study evaluated the fecundity, fertility, oviposition period, egg hatchability, and overall lifespan of the American hoverfly, Eupeodes americanus (Wiedemann 1830). The results indicate that the artificial diet does not negatively impact the reproductive parameters of E. americanus when compared to the buckwheat-based diet. Consequently, artificial diets emerge as a promising and more convenient alternative to flowering plants to support hoverflies in biological control strategies and for their mass rearing in research facilities and commercial insectaries. Full article
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