Risk Assessment, Monitoring and Control of Agricultural Pests

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Pest and Disease Management".

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Department of Plant Protection, Instituto Canario de Investigaciones Agrarias, Valle de Guerra, 38270 Tenerife, Spain
Interests: agricultural entomology; integrated pest management (IPM); biological control
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Department of Crop Protection, Murcian Institute of Agricultural and Environment Research and Development (IMIDA), C/ Mayor s/n, ES 30150 La Alberca, Murcia, Spain
Interests: agricultural entomology; integrated pest management (IPM); biological control

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

One of the main challenges facing global agricultural production today is the introduction of exotic pests into new territories, which has increased worldwide in recent years, driven by international trade, agricultural intensification, and climate change. In this regard, the increased spread of transboundary pests that are devastating to crops becomes particularly relevant as they pose a major threat to food security, with the consequent intensive use of pesticides, which in turn poses a serious threat to the diversity of natural enemies, human health and the environment.

Preventing the incursion and/or establishment of pests in new areas is essential and requires a holistic strategy, including risk prediction, epidemiological modelling, diagnostic capacity, intensive surveillance and monitoring, timely communication, and the ability to enforce rapid containment actions whenever an invasion occurs.

This Special Issue aims to publish original articles on the biology of invasive pests that can support decision-making, as well as research on advances in tools to optimize the surveillance, early detection or monitoring systems of these pests. Original articles on yield assessment and economic losses, information on potential establishment considering future climate scenarios, and innovative and environmentally friendly preventive control strategies and mitigation of threats are also welcome in this Special Issue.

Dr. Estrella Hernández Suárez
Dr. Modesto Del Pino Pérez
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Keywords

  • transboundary pests
  • invasive pests
  • biological invasions
  • integrated pest management
  • biocontrol agents
  • food security

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Oligonychus perseae (Tetranychidae) Invasion in the Canary Islands: History, Management and Current Situation
by Eduardo Torres, Carlos Álvarez-Acosta, Francisco Ferragut and Estrella Marina Hernández-Suárez
Agronomy 2024, 14(5), 920; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy14050920 - 27 Apr 2024
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Avocado production has boomed worldwide in recent years, and Spain, including the Canary Islands, has been no exception. The number of avocado growers in the region has increased significantly as growers recognize the potential of this crop. However, several species of spider mites [...] Read more.
Avocado production has boomed worldwide in recent years, and Spain, including the Canary Islands, has been no exception. The number of avocado growers in the region has increased significantly as growers recognize the potential of this crop. However, several species of spider mites (Tetranychidae) pose a risk to this crop, with the genus Oligonychus being the most diverse and having the greatest economic impact. In particular, Oligonychus perseae (Tuttle, Baker and Abbatiello) has been reported as the one mainly responsible for the economic damage in major avocado-producing regions worldwide. In this paper, we aim to present an overview of the studies conducted and the measures implemented to mitigate the impact of O. perseae after its arrival in the Canary Islands. Our objective is to provide a detailed description of the current status of this pest (O. perseae), with special attention to its situation 17 years after its first appearance in avocado crops in the Canary Islands. In doing so, we aim to provide valuable insights and knowledge to understand and manage better the challenges posed by O. perseae in this region. Full article
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