Special Issue "Urban Small Farms and Gardens Pest Management"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2019).
Interests: biological control; integrated pest management; natural enemies; invasive species; behavioral ecology of insect parasitoids and predators
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Small farms and urban gardens are emerging as key components in local and regional food production. Since many of the small-scale commercial farms and backyard gardens are located in urban and suburban areas, there is a need to develop alternatives to insecticide use. The diversity of crops grown in small farms and urban gardens requires complex solutions that target a variety of pest species. In many cases, there are no suitable pest management solutions for controlling pests attacking crops grown in small farms and urban gardens. Novel pest management practices will need to be developed that address pest problems without relying on insecticide use. Alternative pest management solutions could include (1) the development of biological control strategies to enhance populations of natural enemies of pests, (2) the use of pheromone-based lures to attract and kill pests, (3) the use of microbial insecticides to control pests, and (4) the use of biopesticides using botanical compounds or RNAi techniques to control pests. This Special Issue will focus on identifying the pest problems associated with small farms and urban gardens and on developing alternative solutions for improving pest management practices in urban and suburban areas.
Prof. Dr. Mary L. Cornelius
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.
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