Microbial-Based Solutions for Pest Management

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2024 | Viewed by 57

Special Issue Editor

Dipartimento di Agraria, Sezione di Patologia Vegetale ed Entomologia, Università degli Studi di Sassari, Via Enrico de Nicola, 07100 Sassari, SS, Italy
Interests: integrated pest management; biological control; entomopathogenic microbials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A wide variety of pests cause economically significant food crop losses; thus, the implementation of appropriate measures to keep their population densities below damaging thresholds is required.

Historically, several approaches have been successfully followed to protect crops, but not without having deleterious side effects on the environment, posing health risks to operators, contaminating food and water, and causing undesirable consequences on non-target organisms (such as natural predators, parasites, and pollinators). This is particularly the case of various plant protection products (PPPs) based on synthetic chemicals.

In the search for sustainable alternatives, recent technological advancements and the discovery of new active substances with less environmental impact have characterized current research trends, and bio-based solutions for pest management have been developed. These include a variety of plant and microbial-derived bioactive substances.

This Special Issue aims to collect original scientific work on the development and application of promising bio-solutions for the management of crop pests with a specific focus on microbial entomopathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi, and nematodes) and their derived products.

Both laboratory and field studies, complete and with conclusive results, will be considered.

Dr. Luca Ruiu
Guest Editor

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  • entomopathogen
  • microbials
  • pests

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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