Special Issue "Alternatives to Chemical Approaches for the Management of Insect Pests in Post Harvest"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Pest and Vector Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 July 2023 | Viewed by 148

Special Issue Editors

Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: stored-product pest; integrated pest management; agriculture; entomology; biological control
Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences, University of Milan, 20133 Milano, Italy
Interests: stored-product pests; integrated pest management; food safety and security; grain storage; structural pest management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Some of the insect species that begin infestation in the field (e.g., during the ripening stage of crops) are often able to continue the attack in the following phases of the supply chain, where they can find optimal environmental conditions to develop. Indeed, several species can infest the foodstuff even during its packed life, that is, during distribution, transportation, and storage in warehouses or in retail stores.

Considering that heavy insecticide and fumigant pressure is often maintained in order to protect foodstuffs, insects have shown a strong ability to increase their resistance to the most-used chemicals. Moreover, the growing public concern over the potential health hazards of synthetic pesticides, together with the alarming increase in prices of commodities such as cereals, has determined the urgent need to minimize the use of chemical pesticides, making available environmentally sound and socially acceptable alternative control strategies for the management of these insect pests.

Among the alternatives, biological control and physical methods are now among the most interesting tools that can be included in a wide (integrated) pest management program.

This Special Issue aims to summarize and report the recent advances in IPM technologies that can play a decisive role in pest management within post-harvest systems.

Dr. Pompeo Suma
Dr. Sara Savoldelli
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • insect pests
  • foodstuff
  • alternative control strategies
  • IPM

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