Special Issue "Integrated Pest Management of Horticultural Crops"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Pest and Disease Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marco Valerio Rossi Stacconi
Guest Editor
College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, Horticulture – Ag.Life Science bldg 4017 Corvallis, Oregon 97331, USA
Interests: Biological control; IPM; insect chemical ecology; behavioral manipulation; insect functional anatomy; sensory physiology
Dr. Sara ruschioni
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, Ancona 10-60131, Italy
Interests: Crop protection, pest management, agricultural entomology, chemical ecology, insect behavior, insect morphology, electrophysiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A whole-system approach that integrates preventive and corrective measures is key to reducing environmental risks associated with pest management. In this framework, integrated pest management (IPM) programs have a proven track record of significantly reducing the use of pesticides, while minimizing hazards to human health and improving environmental quality and integrity. An IPM program evaluates the potential interactions among various control techniques, environmental factors and cultural practices in relation to the biology and ecology of the pest to be controlled and the phenology of the crop to be protected. This Special Issue aims to bring together the latest research on integrated pest management of horticultural crops as well to explore the methodologies of innovative forthcoming control tactics. Submissions should summarize key findings and discuss applications to horticultural systems. As a part of the same Special Issue, the journal is seeking papers that will contribute to the ongoing scholarly debate regarding the development and use of scientific methods to review research on IPM techniques, including but not limited to pest monitoring, preventive cultural practices, mechanical, behavioral, and biological control techniques. Special attention will be given to pests that represent emerging threats and require the most urgent risk analysis to implement preventive measures and to perform eradication and management measures.

Dr. Marco Valerio Rossi Stacconi
Dr. Sara ruschioni
Guest Editors

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  • Integrated pest control
  • Ecology
  • Alternatives
  • System approaches
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Pesticide
  • Biological control
  • Cultural practices
  • Monitoring

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Yeasts Associated with the Olive Fruit Fly Bactrocera oleae (Rossi) (Diptera: Tephritidae) Lead to New Attractants
Agronomy 2020, 10(10), 1501; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy10101501 - 02 Oct 2020
The olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae Rossi) is the primary insect pest in all olive-growing regions worldwide. New integrated pest management (IPM) techniques are needed for B. oleae to mitigate reliance on pesticides used for its control which can result in negative [...] Read more.
The olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae Rossi) is the primary insect pest in all olive-growing regions worldwide. New integrated pest management (IPM) techniques are needed for B. oleae to mitigate reliance on pesticides used for its control which can result in negative environmental impacts. More effective lures for monitoring olive flies would help to know when and where direct chemical applications are required. The aim of this research was to find new, more effective methods for B. oleae detection and monitoring. Twelve insect-associated yeasts were selected and tested as living cultures in McPhail traps for the attraction of olive flies. Certain yeasts were more attractive than others to B. oleae; specifically, Kuraishia capsulata, Lachancea thermotolerans, Peterozyma xylosa, Scheffersomyces ergatensis, and Nakazawae ernobii, than the industry-standard dried torula yeast (Cyberlindnera jadinii; syn. Candida utilis). The attractiveness of dry, inactive (i.e., non-living) formulations of these five yeasts was also tested in the field. Inactive formulations of K. capsulata, P. xylosa, N. ernobii, and L. thermotolerans were significantly more attractive to B. oleae than commercially available torula yeast. Green lacewing, Chrysoperla comanche (Stephens) (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), adults were incidentally caught in traps baited with the live yeast cultures. This is the first field study that compares olive fly attraction to yeast species other than torula yeast. Commercialization of yeasts that are more attractive than the torula standard would improve monitoring and associated control of the olive fruit fly. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Integrated Pest Management of Horticultural Crops)
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