Special Issue "New Perspectives in Pest Management"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Tania Nobre
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Entomology, MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal
Interests: sustainable agricultural practices; integrated pest management; host–symbionts–environment interaction; microbial biotechnologies in pest management
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Dr. Luis Gomes
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Guest Editor
MED - Mediterranean Institute for Agriculture, Environment and Development, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal
Interests: innovative solutions in sustainable agriculture; remote-sensing-based solutions in pest management; remote and proximal detection of pests; pest risk assessment; ecological modeling and pest population management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human population growth and climate change are presently some of the most discussed challenges. Rising global temperatures, warmer winter minimum temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, and water shortages are expected to affect the aggressiveness and spreading of urban and agricultural pests in ways that are largely unknown and highly species-specific. Changes in climate variability may also be significant, affecting the predictability and amplitude of outbreaks. Together, these issues are likely to affect the efficacy of protection technologies, and pest control measures such as host–plant resistance, natural enemies, biopesticides, and synthetic chemicals are likely to be affected by climate change.

In particular, global agriculture needs to face these challenges with urgency, and the efficiency and resilience of crop production needs to be improved. It is also necessary to increase the awareness, from the consumer side, of the linkages between food demand and dietary choice, global food security, and environmental outcomes.

At the same time, knowledge and technology have advanced on several different fronts and at an unprecedented speed. From remote sensing technologies with advanced imaging to “omics” with powerful computational systems, diverse new technologies are available that provide powerful tools to drive innovation in pest management. These novel technologies call for multi-disciplinary research collaborations between geneticists, agronomists, ecologists, software programmers, engineers, and other specialists. This Special Issue of the journal Applied Science calls for original research articles and relevant state-of-the-art reviews and perspectives dealing with new perspectives in pest management.

Dr. Tania Nobre
Dr. Luis Gomes
Guest Editors

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  • pest management
  • genetic engineering
  • remote sensing
  • omics
  • biotechnology

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