Advances and Challenges for the Management of Lepidopteran Pests—2nd Edition

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 September 2024 | Viewed by 693

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Dear Colleagues,

Following the first Special Issue “Advances and Challenges for the Management of Lepidopteran Pests” of Agronomy, the editorial office would like to launch a second edition of this Special Issue. The subject, the editorial team, and the submission process will remain the same.

The management of lepidopteran pests has been a constant challenge in several agricultural crops in different countries. It is known that innovative solutions for the control of lepidopteran pests have been or are being developed by several public and private companies. These innovations have changed the approach to monitoring, managing, and controlling lepidopteran pests in various agricultural crops. Given this perspective, the publication of discoveries and innovations is essential for scientific advancement in the management of these pests. Therefore, we invite researchers from public and private companies to contribute to this Special Issue.

With this Special Issue of Agronomy, we seek studies that represent innovative advances in the management of lepidopteran pests in the most diverse crops, as well as reviews that offer original perspectives on advances in the control of lepidopteran pests that attack agricultural crops.

Dr. Oderlei Bernardi
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  • pest management of Lepidoptera insects
  • innovations on monitoring, control and management
  • intelligent mornitoring
  • behavioural control
  • chemical control
  • biological control
  • physical control
  • IPM
  • IRM
  • OGMs

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The Effectiveness of Mixed Food Attractant for Managing Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) and Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel) in Peanut Fields
by Liying Wang, Limei He, Tongwei Wang, Tao Xiao, Zongfeng Zou, Meng Wang, Xiaoling Cai, Bingtao Yao, Yu Yang and Kongming Wu
Agronomy 2024, 14(5), 986; - 8 May 2024
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Peanut is one of the widely cultivated oil-bearing and nut crops worldwide, so its stable production is crucial for oil supply and nuts, as well as socioeconomic development. Noctuid pests, such as Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) and Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel), are the major pests [...] Read more.
Peanut is one of the widely cultivated oil-bearing and nut crops worldwide, so its stable production is crucial for oil supply and nuts, as well as socioeconomic development. Noctuid pests, such as Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) and Agrotis ipsilon (Hufnagel), are the major pests in peanut. With growing resistance to chemical pesticides, there is an urgent need for advanced biocontrol solutions for peanut productions. We evaluated the control effect of Bioattract®, combined with the insecticide Coragen, a ‘mixed food attractant’, on noctuid pests through large-scale applications in four main peanut-producing provinces, Henan, Hebei, Shandong and Liaoning, of China from 2019 to 2023 in succession. The main types of insects attracted and killed by the mixed food attractant were noctuid pests, of which H. armigera, A. ipsilon and other pests were 84.2%, 10.4% and 5.4%, respectively. The female/male ratio of H. armigera was 1.04. In the mixed food attractant treatment fields, the average adjusted decrease rates of H. armigera were 68.74% ± 1.43% for the eggs and 66.84% ± 1.59% for the larvae; meanwhile, those of A. ipsilon were 59.24% ± 1.56% for the eggs and 51.06% ± 1.89% for the larvae. In addition, the damage rate of the new leaves of the peanut plants in the mixed food attractant treatment fields was significantly lower than that in the control fields, with an adjusted declined rate of 78.26% ± 0.80%. Compared with using conventional chemicals, applying biological food attractants could reduce costs by USD 43.85 ± 1.14 per hectare. These findings provide a basis for the large-scale promotion and application of Bioattract® for peanut pest management. Full article
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