Biorational Plant- and Microbial-Based Products for Controlling Neotropical Pests

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 82

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Departamento de Entomologia, Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Viçosa 36570-900, MG, Brazil
Interests: entomology; insect–pesticide interactions; insecticides; biorational pesticides
Provincial Key Laboratory for Agricultural Pest Management of Mountainous Region, Institute of Entomology, Guizhou University, Guiyang 550025, China
Interests: novel biorational insecticide of microbial origin; biological control parasitoids; IPM
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Institute of Entomology, Guizhou University, Guiyang, China
Interests: novel biorational insecticide mode of action; plant-, microbial- and RNAi-based compounds; IPM; pest control including pest of neotropics
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Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biotecnologia, Universidade Federal do Tocantins (UFT), Gurupi 77402-970, TO, Brazil
Interests: microbiology; biorational control; insect

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The constant pursuit of enhanced food production and environmental health has driven society to seek alternatives for sustainable agricultural yields. Plant-derived biorational products have re-emerged as an eco-friendly approach for controlling pests in agriculture and animal health. Indigenous communities historically utilized products such as pyrethrum, nicotine and rotenone. Synthetic pesticides inspired by these substances have effectively controlled pests, but misuse has led to resistance and environmental health issues.

This Special Issue provides a historical overview of synthetic pesticides derived from plants, emphasizing the growing importance of neotropical flora in developing eco-friendly alternatives for major pests in the region. Cutting-edge research explores the secondary metabolism of plants as a source of bioactive compounds, with a focus on neotropical flora. Sustainable biodiversity use aligns with the United Nations Goals. Technologies, such as identifying complex mixtures and using microorganisms for biotransformation, enhance research. The Special Issue covers state-of-the-art biorational pesticides from neotropical flora, addressing modes of action, selectivity and potential limitations. 

Solicited papers for this Special Issue include biorational pest control, botanical pesticides, sustainable pest management, alternative pest control, biorational control of diseases, pesticide development, nanoproducts and formulations, molecular and physiological basis for modes of action/selectivity, and unintended effects on non-target organisms of biorational pesticides.

Dr. Eugenio E. Oliveira
Dr. Hong Yang
Prof. Dr. Guy Smagghe
Dr. Raimundo Wagner S. Aguiar
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  • biodiversity
  • biotechnology
  • biorational pesticides
  • neotropical pests
  • integrated pest management

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