Special Issue "Economic Pest Thrips: Biology, Ecology, and Population Genetics"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rita Marullo
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Località Feo Di Vito, 89060 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: applied entomology; Thysanoptera systematics and taxonomy; biology of pest and quarantine species; molecular identification of pest thrips species; molecular biology of natural populations thrips species
Dr. Gregorio Vono
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Department of Agriculture, Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Località Feo Di Vito, 89060 Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: biology and ecology of Thysanoptera; insect genetics and molecular biology; population genetics and evolution; insect–microbe interactions; insect rearing technology
Dr. Carmelo Peter Bonsignore
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Guest Editor
Department PAU – Laboratorio di Entomologia ed Ecologia Applicata Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria, Italy
Interests: insect ecology; pest management; forest entomology; biological control; tritrophic interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Thrips, as the species of the Insect Order of Thysanoptera are usually called, have captivated the attention of applied entomologists in recent decades as several of them have been recognized as major harmful insects to the main crops in horticulture, floriculture, and open field orchards. Moreover, the intensive global trade is favoring their spread, and many polyphagous thrips are now being recorded as quarantine species. This Special Issue will focus on recent studies and review key subject areas in thrips biology and ecology, as well as molecular support to species identification and genetics studies of natural populations, in order to provide further knowledge for their control.

Dr. Rita Marullo
Dr. Gregorio Vono
Dr. Carmelo Peter Bonsignore
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Thrips
  • Pest species
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Natural populations
  • Quarantine-introduced species
  • Population genetics
  • Species identification
  • Molecular biology

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Research

Open AccessArticle
Sequential and Binomial Sampling Plans to Estimate Thrips tabaci Population Density on Onion
Insects 2021, 12(4), 331; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12040331 - 08 Apr 2021
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Thrips tabaci Lindeman is a worldwide onion pest that causes economic losses of 10–60%, depending on many factors. Population sampling is essential for applying control tactics and preventing damage by the insect. Conventional sampling methods are criticized as time consuming, while fixed-precision binomial [...] Read more.
Thrips tabaci Lindeman is a worldwide onion pest that causes economic losses of 10–60%, depending on many factors. Population sampling is essential for applying control tactics and preventing damage by the insect. Conventional sampling methods are criticized as time consuming, while fixed-precision binomial and sequential sampling plans may allow reliable estimations with a more efficient use of time. The aim of this work was to develop binomial and sequential sampling for fast reliable estimation of T. tabaci density on an onion. Forty-one commercial 1.0-ha onion plots were sampled (sample size n = 200) to characterize the spatial distribution of T. tabaci using Taylor’s power law (a = 2.586 and b = 1.511). Binomial and sequential enumerative sampling plans were then developed with precision levels of 0.10, 0.15 and 0.25. Sampling plans were validated with bootstrap simulations (1000 samples) using 10 independent data sets. Bootstrap simulation indicated that precision was satisfactory for all repetitions of the sequential sampling plan, while binomial sampling met the fixed precision in 80% of cases. Both methods reduced sampling time by around 80% relative to conventional sampling. These precise and less time-consuming sampling methods can contribute to implementation of control tactics within the integrated pest management approach. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Economic Pest Thrips: Biology, Ecology, and Population Genetics)
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