Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management (IPPM) in Pollinator-Dependent Crops

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Pest and Vector Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 698

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biology, Long Island University, New York, NY, USA
Interests: ecotoxicology; pollinators; IPM; biodiversity conservation
Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, 319 Agriculture Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
Interests: pollinator health; fruit entomology; IPM; toxicology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global declines of both managed and wild pollinators have raised concerns about the sustainability of pollination services in agriculture. Complicating the issue, the dual need for pest management and pollinator conservation in many crops can often be at odds, as pest management inputs—especially insecticides—can harm the very pollinators needed to sustain these crops. Indeed, despite the ecological basis of IPM, decisions related to IPM practices and pollinator protection strategies have often been addressed independently of one another.

In recognition of the declines of pollinators, their importance to agricultural productivity, and the non-target effects of pesticides on pollinators, it has been proposed that the IPM decision-making process be more formally expanded to IPPM—that is, integrated pest and pollinator management—in order to effectively manage pests while minimizing impacts to pollinators. This is especially important in pollinator-dependent crops, which include an array of fruit, vegetable, nut, and seed crops.

This Special Issue will assemble international ideas and results from cutting-edge research related to the field of IPPM. Contributions can be from any cropping system dependent on insect pollinators. Studies featuring applied research that helps to identify best practices and tools that can further the development of IPPM elsewhere are encouraged, although theoretical papers and reviews will also be welcomed. Subject areas related to IPPM may include, but are not limited to:

  • Role of landscape context/configuration in IPPM;
  • Habitat management (including field margins) to support natural enemies and pollinators;
  • Field-based assessment of pesticide programs on pollinators, natural enemies, and pests;
  • Acute and chronic toxicity of pesticides and/or agrochemical synergisms on wild pollinators;
  • Strategies for managing emerging pests (e.g., invasive species) while protecting pollinators.

Dr. Timothy Leslie
Dr. Neelendra K. Joshi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • integrated pest management
  • pollinators
  • pollinator-dependent crops
  • ecotoxicology
  • pesticides

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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