Special Issue "Production and Application of Insect Pathogens in Biological Pest Control"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2023 | Viewed by 166

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals SB RAS, Frunze str. 11, 630091 Novosibirsk, Russia
Interests: insect pathogenic microorganisms; insect immunity; parasite-host relationship; entomopathogenic fungi; my-copesticides
All-Russian Institute of Plant Protection, Podbelskogo 3, 196608 St. Petersburg, Russia
Interests: microsporidia; host range; virulence; molecular diagnostics; microbial pest control; mixed infections; integrated pest management; mass production
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Insects are the dominant group of animals causing substantial harm to agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and human health. Modern pest suppression strategies, among others, exploit microbiological agents of a diverse range, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, protists and nematodes, as well as their metabolites. The number of microbial control solutions continues to grow substantially. The biocontrol industry demonstrates a constant demand for large-scale propagation technologies aimed at increasing the bioproducts’ yield without the loss of efficiency and shelf life. As complex biological systems, microorganisms require specific conditions to implement their full range of biological activities, and the most virulent species and strains of insect pathogens may not prove effective in field, as influenced by numerous abiotic and biotic factors. On the other hand, an in-depth understanding of the interactions between microorganisms, their hosts, and the environment provides insights into the improvement of microbial formulations and the extension of their application capabilities. This Special Issue focuses on the scientific problems and novel approaches for the mass production and field application of entomopathogenic microorganisms against harmful arthropods (agricultural and forest pests), as well as vectors of dangerous diseases of domestic animals and humans. Reviews, research articles, and short communications are invited from experts and scholars in the field.

Dr. Olga N. Yaroslavtseva
Dr. Yuri S. Tokarev
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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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  • microbial control
  • pest management
  • parasite-host interactions
  • large-scale propagation
  • biological efficacy
  • viruses
  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • microsporidia
  • nematodes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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