Special Issue "Natural Crop Protectants"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2015) | Viewed by 3700

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Azucena González Coloma
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Research Scientist, Head of Biopesticide Group (ICA-CSIC), Madrid, Spain
Interests: discovery, chemistry, optimization and biotechnological production of botanical and fungal (endophytes) biopesticides
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Dr. Omar Santana Méridas
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Kimitec Biogroup S.L., Phytochemistry Unit Director, Biocontrol Area Coordinator, ALMERÍA, Spain
Interests: bioactive natural products; natural crop protectans; genetic resources; waste valorization; insect antifeedants
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, the production and use of biopesticides is increasing and replacing some synthetic chemical pesticides, partly in mass-produced crops, and also in niche areas, such as horticulture, greenhouses, organic farming, households, and gardens. Biopesticides offer a more sustainable solution to pest control than synthetic alternatives do. As chemical pesticides are withdrawn, owing to resistance problems or lack of commercial viability, an opportunity arises for biorational solutions. Botanical pesticides do not present the residue problems that are a matter of significant concern for consumers, who demand the application of environmentally friendly products to food commodities. For these reasons, the scientific community has focused attention on the search, production, and optimization of new plant, fungal, and agriwaste-based crop protectants.

In that context, an important means of searching for natural crop protectants is the screening of bioactive compounds from renewable natural resources, such as waste products of horticultural and agricultural production, cultivated/wild and rare plant species, as well as fungal endophytes.

In this connection, review and research papers are invited in, but not limited to, the following topics in the field of biopesticides:

  • Plant-based biopesticides
  • Fungal endophyte-based biopesticides
  • Waste-based biopesticides
  • Bioprospection and characterization of new raw sources of biopesticides
  • Metabolomic profiling of bioactive extracts, structure-activity relationships
  • Optimization of biopesticides
  • Sustainable production of biopesticides

Azucena González-Coloma
Guest Editor

Omar Santana-Méridas
Co-Guest Editor

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  • Bioactive natural products
  • Natural agrochemicals
  • Insect antifeedants
  • Fungal endophytes
  • Biological and chemical characterization
  • Metabolomic profiling
  • Bioassay/metabolomics –guided fractionation
  • Structural elucidation
  • Structure-activity relationships
  • Biodiversity and waste valorization
  • Chromatographic techniques

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Cucumber Rhizosphere Microbial Community Response to Biocontrol Agent Bacillus subtilis B068150
Agriculture 2016, 6(1), 2; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture6010002 - 29 Dec 2015
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Gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis B068150 has been used as a biocontrol agent against the pathogen Fusarium oxysporum cucumerinum. Cucumber was grown in three soils with strain B068150 inoculated in a greenhouse for 90 days, and the colonization ability of strain B068150 in cucumber [...] Read more.
Gram-positive bacteria Bacillus subtilis B068150 has been used as a biocontrol agent against the pathogen Fusarium oxysporum cucumerinum. Cucumber was grown in three soils with strain B068150 inoculated in a greenhouse for 90 days, and the colonization ability of strain B068150 in cucumber rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soils was determined. Changes in total bacteria and fungi community composition and structures using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and sequencing were determined. Colony counts showed that B068150 colonization in the rhizosphere was significantly higher (p < 0.001) than in non-rhizosphere soils. Based on our data, the introduction of B. bacillus B068150 did not change the diversity of microbial communities significantly in the rhizosphere of three soils. Our data showed that population density of B068150 in clay soil had a significant negative correlation on bacterial diversity in cucumber rhizosphere in comparison to loam and sandy soils, suggesting that the impact of B068150 might be soil specific. Full article
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