Special Issue "Potential of Biopesticides to Optimize Pest Control in Sustainable Crop Production"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.
In modern agriculture, the use of synthetic pesticides is required to achieve an adequate crop yield. Nevertheless, their repeated applications also comprise damage to non-target organisms and the consequent reduction of soil biodiversity and environmental problems. For these reasons, the present economic and political environment is furthering opportunities for the use of low-concern natural products from plants and microorganisms in agriculture for the development of biopesticides.
The application of biopesticides is progressively encouraged because of its advantages associated with better environmental safety, target-specificity reducing pest resistance, and high biodegradability. Therefore, biopesticides may play an important role in the implementation of integrated pest management (IPM), being an alternative or complement for traditional synthetic crop protection products. The current market for biopesticides represents only 5% of the total crop protection products, although an annual growth of 10% is estimated. Key challenges for future research and commercialization of biopesticides include the identification and determination of their mode of actions, development of efficient stabilization processes, and optimization of their bioavailability and soil behavior for a complete overview in the environment. Current information in this regard is still lacking.
This Special Issue will focus on “Potential of Biopesticides to Optimize Pest Control in Sustainable Crop Production”. We welcome novel research, reviews, and opinion pieces regarding naturally occurring substances as potential biopesticides, covering all related topics including policy positions, identification, extraction and analytical methods, mode of actions, dynamic in soils counting, sorption, bioavailability and mobility, effects on the diversity of soil microbial community, and novel formulations. Field trials are exceptionally valuable.Dr. Beatriz Gámiz
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- biocontrol agents
- integrated pest management
- low risks substances
- natural products
- novel pesticides
- signaling compounds
- soil biochemistry