Special Issue "Natural Crop Protectants"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2015).
Interests: discovery, chemistry, optimization and biotechnological production of botanical and fungal (endophytes) biopesticides
Interests: bioactive natural products; natural crop protectans; genetic resources; waste valorization; insect antifeedants
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 As chemical pesticides are withdrawn, owing to resistance problems or lack of commercial viability, an opportunity arises for biorational solutions.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
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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