Special Issue "Arthropod Pest Control in Orchards and Vineyards"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Alberto Pozzebon

Department of Agronomy Food Natural resources Animals and Environment, University of Padova, Agripolis - viale Dell' Università, 16 - 35020 Legnaro (PD), Italy
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Interests: Integrated pest management and biocontrol tactics; Ecotoxicology in agro-ecosystems; Ecology and conservation of biocontrol agents in perennial cropping systems
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carlo Duso

Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural resources, Animals and the Environment, University of Padua, Agripolis, Viale dell'Università 16, 35020 Legnaro, Padova, Italy
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Phone: 0039 0498272805
Interests: Biological and integrated pest management, Side effects of pesticides, Functional biodiversity
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gregory M. Loeb

Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Geneva, NY 14456, USA
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Interests: insect ecology; integrated pest management, biological control, small fruit entomology; plant-insect interactions; chemical ecology and behavior
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Geoff M. Gurr

Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University. Orange, New South Wales, Australia and State Key Laboratory of Ecological Pest Control for Fujian and Taiwan Crops, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, Fuzhou 350002, China
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Interests: insect-plant and insect-microbe interactions; chemical ecology; habitat management for ecosystem services; developing country agriculture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decades pest management in orchards and vineyards has been driven by continual innovations aimed at the reduction of pesticides use in these systems. On one hand, research has been focused on a deeper understanding on the biology and ecology of the key pests in orchards and vineyards and the development of new approaches for their management. On the other hand, new invasive or emerging pests pose new challenges. This special issue will collect original research articles that shed light on basic aspects of the biology and ecology of arthropod pests occurring in orchards and vineyards as well as articles devoted to the management of these pests within an IPM framework.

Dr. Alberto Pozzebon
Prof. Carlo Duso
Prof. Gregory M. Loeb
Prof. Geoff M. Gurr
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Integrated Pest Management  
  • Biological Control
  • Primary and secondary pest
  • Invasive pest
  • Chemical ecology
  • Pesticides

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Planned Papers

Title: Conservation Biological Control of Cacopsylla pyricola (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) in Pacific Northwest Pears

Authors: Kaushalya G. Amarasekare 1,* and Peter W. Shearer 2

Affiliation: 1  Tennessee State University, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 3500, John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN, 37209, USA; kamarase@tnstate.edu ; 2 Washington State University, Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, 1100 N. Western Ave. Wenatchee, WA. 98801, USA; peter.shearer@wsu.edu

Abstract: This study focused on conservation biological control of pear psylla Cacopsylla pyricola, in the Pacific Northwest, USA. We hypothesized that insecticides applied against the primary insect pest, the codling moth (CM) Cydia pomonella, negatively impact natural enemies of psylla, thus, causing outbreaks of this secondary pest. Hence, the objective of this study was to understand how CM management influences the abundance of pear psylla and its natural enemy complex in pear orchards managed under long-term CM mating disruption programs. This study was conducted within a pear orchard that had been under seasonal mating disruption for CM for six years. Two treatments, “natural enemy disrupt” (application of two combination sprays of Spinetoram plus Chlorantraniliprole timed against first generation CM to disrupt natural enemies) and “natural enemy non-disrupt” were replicated four times in a pear orchard. Field sampling of psylla and natural enemies (i.e. lacewings, Coccinellids, spiders, Campylomma sp., syrphids, earwigs) revealed that psylla populations remained well below treatment thresholds all season despite the reduced abundance of key psylla natural enemies in the natural enemy disrupt plots compared with the non-disrupt treatment. We speculate that long-term use of CM mating disruption tends to buffer psylla populations when their natural enemies are disrupted.





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