Special Issue "Coleoptera as Pest and Biological Agents in Agricultural and Forest Ecosystems"

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 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Álvaro Rodríguez González
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1. Grupo Universitario de Investigación en Ingeniería y Agricultura Sostenible (GUIIAS), Instituto de Medio Ambiente, Recursos Naturales y Biodiversidad, Universidad de León, Avenida Portugal 41, 24071 León, Spain
2. Grupo Universitario de Investigación en Ingeniería y Agricultura Sostenible (GUIIAS), Área deMicrobiología, Escuela de Ingeniería Agraria y Forestal, Universidad de León, Campus de Ponferrada, Avenida Astorga s/n, 24401 Ponferrada, Spain
Interests: insect pest; vineyard pests; biological control; integrated pest management; cerambycid pests; insect ecology; volatile compounds; agricultural entomology; applied entomology; crop protection
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Dr. Óscar González-López
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Scientific Technological Complex, Department of Agriculture and Food, Universidad de La Rioja, Madre de Dios nº53, 26006 Logroño, Spain
Interests: insect pest; biological control; essential oils; volatiles; integrated pest management; cerambycid pests; insect ecology; crop protection
Dr. Eric W. Riddick
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National Biological Control Laboratory, USDA-ARS, Stoneville, MS 38776, USA
Interests: predators; parasitoids; natural products; chemical ecology; terrestrial; aquatic; conservation; sustainable
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Coleoptera insect pests generate serious economic losses on wood exploitations all over the world. Coleoptera as pests are important in agricultural and forest crops. Damage to crops is caused by larval feeding and, occasionally, by adult feeding or oviposition behavior. Larvae of most coleoptera species are borers, feeding on living, dying, dead, or rotten plant stems, branches, or twigs. The greatest number of wood-boring species feed on subcortical tissues—at least initially. Later, they may burrow further into sapwood—and even hardwood—to continue feeding. The insect’s herbaceous feeders usually bore in host stems. The insect’s root feeders may bore in the roots, hollowing out and killing the roots of the host plants, or they may live in the soil and feed on the roots. In particular, in some species, larvae damage fruit; adults cause economic damage to leaves and flowers by feeding and to stems or branches.

We invite experts and researchers in the field to contribute original research articles, reviews, short communications, and opinion pieces about coleoptera insects’ attacks to crops and problems caused in ecosystems. The sustainable management of these insect pests, development and/or application of biological control strategies, and new techniques and traps used for their control will also be considered in this Special Issue. Works on minor horticultural and tropical–subtropical crops are also welcome. Specific topics of interest include direct and indirect damage in crops. Other topics of interest are semiochemicals; volatile organic compounds; pheromones, biopesticides application, and research methods for their control; plant–insect interaction; auxiliary predators for their control; and taxonomic characteristics.

Dr. Álvaro Rodríguez González
Dr. Óscar González-López
Dr. Eric W. Riddick
Guest Editors

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. Insects 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.

Keywords

  • invasive insects
  • mass trapping
  • chemical ecology
  • biopesticides
  • crop protection
  • integrated pest management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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