Special Issue "Practices to Conserve Pollinators and Natural Enemies in Agro-Ecosystems"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Filitsa Karamaouna
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Guest Editor
Department of Pesticides Control and Phytopharmacy, Benaki Phytopathological Institute, 145 61 Kifissia, Greece
Interests: Research on insecticidal effect of botanical and other natural compounds on agricultural insect pests and their adverse effects on non-target (beneficial) insects in perspective of their use in IPM programmes; effect of groundcover on beneficial insects and pollinators in agro-ecosystems
Prof. Dr. Josep Anton Jaques
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Universitat Jaume I, Campus del Riu Sec, Av. de Vicent Sos Baynat, s/n., E-12071 Castelló de la Plana, Spain
Interests: natural enemies; biological control; conservation of beneficial arthropods; plant-insect interactions
Dr. Vaya Kati
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Guest Editor
Benaki Phytopathological Institute, 8 Stefanou Delta str., 14561, Kifissia, Greece
Interests: weed management; weed ecology; field margin management; ecosystem services of natural vegetation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Intensive agriculture has put great pressure on populations of beneficial arthropods, especially through adverse effects of pesticide use and the impact on resources in the agricultural landscape. Sustainable agronomic practices, such as management of field margins and mid-field strips with selected flower plants, cover crops, and banker plants, can create suitable habitats that provide food and shelter to pollinators and to natural enemies of insect pests in agro-ecosystems. The successful establishment of such habitats requires a good understanding of the food-web theory with respect to functional plant–arthropod diversity, regulation of herbivore populations by manipulation of bottom-up and top-down effects, and crop pollination. This Special Issue aims to focus on good agronomic practices/mitigation measures to sustain and enhance pollinators and natural enemies in terms of associated plant–arthropod interactions, functional biodiversity, and ecosystem services in cultivated areas. Original research articles, review articles, and short communications are welcome.

Dr. Filitsa Karamaouna
Prof. Dr. Josep Anton Jaques
Dr. Vaya Kati 
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • pollinator habitats
  • natural enemies habitats
  • plant–insect interactions
  • natural vegetation
  • floral resources
  • conservation
  • agronomic practices
  • mitigation measures
  • functional biodiversity
  • ecosystem services

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Practices to Conserve Pollinators and Natural Enemies in Agro-Ecosystems
Insects 2021, 12(1), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12010031 - 05 Jan 2021
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Intensive agriculture has put great pressure on populations of beneficial arthropods such as natural enemies and pollinators, especially through adverse effects of pesticide use and the impact on resources in the agricultural landscape, i [...] Full article
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