Special Issue "The Efficacy of Insecticides and Botanicals against Pests"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 1041

Special Issue Editors

Department of General Biology, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa 36570–000, MG, Brazil
Interests: cell biology; biochemistry and insect physiology; toxicology on insects and ecological populations
Department of Entomology, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa 36570–000, MG, Brazil
Interests: chemical control; ecotoxicology; secondary metabolites; plant-insect interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

In pest control, existing IPM practices must be continually optimized, as well as the development of innovative new IPM tools. For decades, many advances have been made in preventive and curative measures based on natural or synthetic molecules causing lethal and sublethal effects on insects. Thus, chemical control continues to be a fundamental part of agricultural, forestry, medical-veterinary, and urban pests. We are pleased to invite you to a Special Issue of Insects, titled “The Efficacy of Insecticides and Botanicals against Pests”. This Special Issue aims to publish advances in the use of natural/synthetic insecticides, showing their effectiveness in pest control and incorporation into IPM programs. In particular, the present Special Issue is dedicated to the efficacy of insecticide with synthetic and natural molecules (e.g., chemical insecticides, plant extracts, essential oils, bacterial and fungal metabolites). Research efforts shedding light on their field evaluation, modes of action, behavioral changes at sublethal amounts, and effects on non-targets are welcomed. Research items may include the following: natural products, studies modes of action, and insecticide toxicology and biochemistry. Original research articles and reviews are welcome.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Luis Carlos Martínez
Dr. Angélica Plata-Rueda
Guest Editors

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  • advances in insecticide modes of action
  • chemical insecticides
  • insecticidal action and pest control
  • laboratory and field insecticide evaluation
  • natural products
  • lethal and sublethal effects
  • plant extracts and essential oils

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Management of Panonychus ulmi with Various Miticides and Insecticides and Their Toxicity to Predatory Mites Conserved for Biological Mite Control in Eastern U.S. Apple Orchards
Insects 2023, 14(3), 228; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects14030228 - 24 Feb 2023
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Panonychus ulmi (Koch) (Acari: Tetranychidae), commonly known as European red mite, is a polyphagous pest of various tree and small fruit crops, including apples. A field study was conducted to evaluate different pesticide options available for the management of P. ulmi, and [...] Read more.
Panonychus ulmi (Koch) (Acari: Tetranychidae), commonly known as European red mite, is a polyphagous pest of various tree and small fruit crops, including apples. A field study was conducted to evaluate different pesticide options available for the management of P. ulmi, and their impact on the population of non-target predatory mite species complex consisting of Neoseiulus fallacis, Typhlodromus pyri, and Zetzellia mali in apple orchards. Pesticides were applied using a commercial airblast sprayer at the 3–5 mite/leaf recommended economic Integrated Pest Management (IPM) threshold or prophylactically in the spring ignoring IPM practices such as monitoring, reliance on biological control and economic thresholds. Effects on the motile and egg stages of P. ulmi were evaluated as were effects on the populations of predatory mites through frequent leaf counts during the season. We also recorded the subsequent overwintering eggs of P. ulmi from each pesticide treatment. The two prophylactic treatments containing a mixture of zeta-cypermethrin + avermectin B1 + 1% horticultural oil and abamectin + 1% horticultural oil provided effective control of P. ulmi population throughout the season without reducing predatory mite populations. In contrast, eight treatments applied at the recommended economic threshold of 3–5 mites/leaf were not effective in suppressing P. ulmi populations and most reduced predatory mites. Etoxazole had significantly higher number of overwintering P. ulmi eggs compared to all other treatments. Full article
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