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Special Issue "Sustainable Strategies for the Control of Crop Diseases and Pests to Reduce Pesticides"
A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Pest and Disease Management".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 6720
Special Issue Editors
Interests: plant pathology; plant–microbe interactions; coffee leaf rust; coffee berry disease; plant defense responses; microbial mechanisms of pathogenicity
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
Interests: entomology; insect–coffee plant interactions; insect-entomopathogenic fungi interactions; gene bioprospecting; biotechnology breeding and gene editing of plants and fungi; coffee tissue culture; coffee fermentation
Special Issue Information
Crop diseases and pests may cause considerable yield losses and threaten food supply and security. Moreover, there is clear evidence that the geographical distribution of several pathogens and pests is expanding due to climate changes and increasing global trade.
Regular ways of pest and disease control based only on the use of synthetic pesticides are no longer effective or sustainable because their intensive application negatively affects the environment, human health, and biodiversity. Moreover, one of the challenges is the development of resistance in pests and pathogens toward these pesticides, making them less efficient or not efficient at all. Thus, to ensure better control and ecological sustainability, it is crucial to reduce pesticides by adopting alternative strategies to maintain the pest/pathogen populations below the economic injury level and toward reaching the European Green Deal.
In this Special Issue, we welcome original research articles and reviews addressing the current research advances on major diseases and pests of various crops along with appropriate and innovative control methods to minimize the impacts and risks of pesticides in order to reach a resource-efficient and competitive agriculture.
Dr. Maria Céu Lavado da Silva
Dr. Carmenza E. Góngora
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. Agronomy 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 2200 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.
- integrated pest and disease management
- decision-support systems
- competitive agriculture
- impact of climate change
- resistance breeding
- biological control
- cultural practices
- plant resistance inducers
- mechanisms of plant resistance/tolerance