How to Manage Migratory Pests and Potential Food Crises: Locusts Plagues in the 2020's

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November 2022
354 pages
  • ISBN978-3-0365-5752-6 (Hardback)
  • ISBN978-3-0365-5751-9 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue How to Manage Migratory Pests and Potential Food Crises: Locusts Plagues in the 2020’s that was published in

Biology & Life Sciences
Chemistry & Materials Science
Environmental & Earth Sciences

Locusts are a threat to agriculture and livelihoods in many countries globally. The economic, social, and environmental consequences of these highly migratory pests are so substantial that they are treated as a national priority by many countries; several international commissions have been established to unite efforts. This Special Issue aims to shed light on some overarching questions: what have we learned from historical outbreaks; how serious is the threat; what research is ongoing and is needed to better manage these insects; how should the world respond to plagues today, especially in the context of climate change; are recommended preventive strategies really effective and what are the constraints to their application; and is there a possibility to make better use of biological alternatives to chemical pesticides?

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locust swarm; bio-pesticide; gregarious locusts; aggregation behaviour; linseed oil; necromones; aggregation; density-dependent phase polyphenism; migration; night-roosting site choice; Schistocerca gregaria; Desert Locust Schistocerca gregaria (Forskål 1775); Oriental Migratory Locust Locusta migratoria manilensis (Meyen 1835); spectral analysis; Kalman filter; spectral coherence; convergence cross mapping; sunspot groups; ENSO; SOI; IOD; NAO; locust swarms; Near East; Mesopotamia; swarming potential of resident species; Schistocerca greraria; Dociostaurus maroccanus; control; impediments; insecurity; plague; Schistocerca gregaria; surveillance; war; control; plague; proaction; Schistocerca gregaria; surveillance; threshold; upsurge; locust plagues; preventative and reactive programs; moral agents; capacity-and-capability model; social connections model; responsibility; global justice; entomophagy; malnutrition; desert locust; outbreak; food; insect; locust; grasshopper; biological control; Nosema locustae; application; epizootics; West Siberian Plain; outbreak; distribution; dynamics; population; population management; plant protection; environmental governance; social variables; locusts; social sciences; locust plagues; ecology; field monitoring; outbreaks management; locust; drone; unmanned aerial vehicle; early warning; preventive control; biopesticide; Schistocerca gregaria; Desert locust; ecosystem processes; nutrient cycling; nutritional value; brown locust; Locustana pardalina; Karoo; outbreak patterns; control strategy; integrated pest management; Schistocerca gregaria; Tibet; high altitude plateau; invasion route; survival; natural barrier; desert locusts; control; crop loss; pastureland; land cover; locust plagues; population dynamics; management; insecticide disturbance; barrier treatment; spray history; non-target effects; Coarctotermes clepsydra; recovery; resilience; locust plagues; control; management; preventive strategy; locust biology; locust ecology; desert locust; Metarhizium acridum; Metarhizium anisopliae; Beauveria bassiana; lethal effect; sublethal effect; greenhouse; field efficacy; n/a