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Special Issue "Invasive Insect Species"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2016).
USDA ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD, USA
Interests: biological control; integrated pest management; natural enemies; invasive species; behavioral ecology of insect parasitoids and predators
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Special Issue in Insects: Urban Small Farms and Gardens Pest Management
Invasive insect species have far reaching ecological effects on native habitats. Invasive herbivorous insects cause severe economic damage to crops, forests, and urban landscapes. Structural infestations by invasive termite species result in extensive economic losses to homeowners. In some cases, invasive insects act as vectors of plant and animal diseases.
Once invasive insects become established, it is challenging to find effective methods of pest control. Integrated pest management methods need to be developed to avoid the widespread use of insecticides and to minimize effects on non-target organisms. Several classical biological control programs have been highly successful. However, classical biological control programs can be difficult to implement. The deliberate introduction of exotic natural enemies involves risks of non-target effects. Also, introduced biological control agents often fail to become established throughout the range of the target pest. Native natural enemies may be able to develop new associations with exotic pests and act as biological control agents. Other approaches include the use of microbial insecticides and the use of lure and kill strategies that employ pheromone traps or baiting systems which directly target the exotic invasive pest.
Articles in this special issue will focus on the ecological and economic impacts of invasive insect species and on the development of management strategies to suppress populations and to prevent the spread of invasive species into new 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.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 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.
- biological invasions
- biological control
- new associations
- non-target effects
- host-parasitoid interactions
- integrated pest management
- pheromone lures