Special Issue "Insect Viruses and Their Use for Microbial Pest Control"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)
Prof. John Burand (Website)
Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003, USA
Interests: insect pathogenic viruses; virus: host interactions
Dr. Madoka Nakai (Website)
Institute of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology – Saiwai, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-8509, Japan
Interests: insect viruses; virus: host interaction; insect pest microbial control
Insects are responsible for nearly one fifth of the world's agricultural crop loses every year. With an increasing demand for high quality food, the future security of the world food supply depends on the development of safe, economical methods for protecting food crops from diseases and damage caused by insects. To date, organic chemical pesticides have been the primary method used to control insect pests; however, the environmental safety and negative impacts of these compounds on humans and beneficial insects including plant pollinators, has heighten concerns about their use. As infectious agents, insect pathogenic viruses including baculoviruses have long been recognized for their potential as environmentally safe pest control agents. Today with increasing concerns of the adverse environmental effects of many chemical pesticides and increased interest in sustainable methods for controlling insects, there is a renewed interest in the use of insect pathogenic viruses as microbial control agents. This special issue of Viruses entitled “Insect Viruses in Microbial Control” reviews the use of viruses as insect pest control agents in crop systems around the world and brings to the forefront both classical and modern methods employed to take advantage of viral pathogens to control insect pests. As such this work will serve as inspiration for the development and implementation of novel, environmentally sound methods utilizing insect pathogenic viruses in sustainable approaches for the control of insect pests.
Prof. John Burand
Dr. Madoka Nakai
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- insect virus
- insect pest control
- insecticidal proteins
- viral insecticides
- field efficacy