Special Issue "Mathematical Modelling Applications in Crop Ecology and Disease Epidemiology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2019).
Interests: plant disease epidemiology; mathematical modelling; network analysis of disease spread; modelling biological control; declines and complex diseases; insect-vectored plant diseases; pest risk assessment
Crop ecology encompasses a wide spectrum of conceptual, scientific and technological approaches to improving crop productivity and quality, subject to multiple criteria set by environmental, socioeconomic, human and geopolitical constraints. A major consideration in crop ecology research has been on crop performance and improvement in relation to the abiotic environment: climate, water use, soil structure and fertility. In these areas, mathematical modelling has been applied in identifying some of the key physiological determinants of crop performance and in predicting phenotypic consequences of genetic improvement. Mathematical modelling techniques have also been applied in plant disease epidemiology: directed at a fundamental understanding of epidemic dynamics, forecasting disease development, or optimization of disease management options. It has proved more of a challenge to address questions concerning the biotic, including human, interactions manifest in all cropping systems, whether arable crops, horticulture, grassland and pasture, energy crops or agroforestry systems, that influence disease epidemiology. Examples of such interactions include:
- Crop productivity and heterogeneity in time and space
- Landscape-cropping system interactions
- Crop-natural vegetation/weed interactions
- Phyllosphere ecology and biological control
- Soil microbiology, rhizosphere ecology and plant health
- Vector ecology and epidemiology
- Deployment of host resistance in different cropping systems
- Farmer/producer choices/preferences in disease management
- Policy and regulatory drivers, including risk management
This Special Issue will focus on ‘Mathematical modelling applications in crop ecology and disease epidemiology” with an emphasis on biotic interactions, including the human and policy dimensions noted above. We welcome novel research, reviews and opinion pieces covering these and related topics, with an emphasis on the application of mathematical models rather than early model development. Mathematical modelling is interpreted in a broad sense to include simple rules and criteria developed as decision aids (e.g. Decision Support Systems), new statistical applications (e.g. meta-analysis, optimization, and Bayesian methods), biophysical models (e.g. aerobiology), complex systems (e.g. hierarchical simulation models), network analysis (e.g. landscape connectivity), and behavioral analysis (e.g. game theory).
Prof. Dr. Michael J Jeger
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 1600 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.
- mathematical models
- crop ecology
- biotic interactions
- cropping systems
- pests, weeds and diseases
- soil microbiology
- farmer behavior