Special Issue "Organic Pest Management of Invertebrate Pests: A Frontier Borne of Constraints?"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 31574
Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing sectors of global agricultural markets, with yearly economic growth routinely exceeding 10%. A central tenant of the organic agricultural movement has been the reduction of off farm inputs—notably plant protectants—through their replacement with biological/ecological knowledge and localized ecosystem services. Most organic certification programs mandate that growers follow a “Hierarchy of Pest Management” that proceeds from largely preventative tactics (e.g., crop resistance, crop rotation) to increasingly responsive tactics (e.g., application of biopesticides). This has resulted in a system that is largely defined by constraints on what constitutes acceptable pest management practices, creating a need for diverse invertebrate management tactics that are tuned to specific crops and regions: By constraining available tactics, organic certification demands creative approaches towards pest management.
The goal of this Special Issue is to highlight the diverse range of organic management tactics for invertebrate pests as well as to contribute to the discussion of what invertebrate pest management in organic production systems might look like in the future. To this end, suggested potential research and review topics include:
- Development and evaluation of organic invertebrate pest management tactics;
- Evaluation of organic pest management programs;
- Influence of spatial scale and/or landscape context on the success of organic invertebrate pest management tactics/programs;
- Influence of regional and/or microclimatic factors on the success of organic invertebrate pest management;
- The role of crop/animal breeding and/or nutrient management in organic management of invertebrate pests;
- Interactions among invertebrate pests and weeds or pathogens in organic systems;
- Modification of conventional IPM sampling or action thresholds for organic systems;
- Promising future areas of organic invertebrate pest management;
- Case studies on grower adoption of organic invertebrate pest management tactics;
- Identification of policy constraints and opportunities as they apply to organic invertebrate pest management.
Dr. Matthew J. Grieshop
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