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Special Issue "Effects of Crop Disease and Pesticide on Crop Production"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.
Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace, GR-68200 Orestiada, Greece
Interests: production agriculture; crop physiology; weed biology; pesticide use and safety issues; risk assessment; farmers’ behavior
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Crop diseases can cause significant losses to farmers and threaten food security. The spread of crop diseases has increased dramatically in recent years, with agricultural intensification, globalization, trade, and climate change playing a role. Climate change will probably influence the occurrence, prevalence and severity of plant diseases. This will also affect disease management with regard to timing, preference and efficacy of chemical, physical and biological measures of control. Therefore, assessment of crop yield losses is needed for the improvement of production systems that contribute to the incomes of rural families and food security worldwide. Chemical control has been critical in preventing losses due to crop diseases, especially with the development of numerous specific-action fungicides. However, intensive use of chemical control measures has in turn led to its own challenges, including resistance to pesticides. Therefore, improved knowledge, risk assessment, and monitoring will be vital to improve management decisions and safeguard both existing and future chemistry. For this Special Issue on “Effects of Crop Disease and Pesticide on Crop Production”, we are ready to accept papers that enhance our understanding of the role of crop diseases in current or alternative production systems and discuss opportunities for new solutions and desicion support systems for the management of crop diseases with chemical and non-chemical methods.
Prof. Dr. Spyridon D. Koutroubas
Dr. Christos A. Damalas
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Agronomic practices
- Crop productivity
- Desicion support
- New crop diseases
- Food security
- Risk assessment
- Yield losses