Special Issue "Insecticide, Acaricide, Repellent and Antimicrobial Development"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: biological control; biopesticides; ecotoxicology; green insecticides; insect behavior; insect vectors; mating disruption; mosquitoes; parasitoids; pheromones; repellents; ticks
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The quick spread of invasive arthropod species worldwide, sometimes boosted by global warming and urbanization, outlines again the need of effective and timely pest and vector management tools. However, most of them rely on the use of synthetic insecticides and acaricides. This represents a major problem, since synthetic molecules often rely on a single mechanism of action, making resistance development quick and hard to deal with. Similarly, quick resistance development to widely used antimicrobials has been detected in a wide number of microbial pathogens and parasites. The massive, often inappropriate, employ of synthetic pesticides also leads to serious nontarget effects on human health and environment.
Further, bites from bloodsucker insects and mites can be avoided using repellents. In this scenario, discovering novel and effective products to repel mosquitoes, ticks and tabanids, just to cite some hot examples, is a challenge for public health. Natural products represent a huge source of highly effective active ingredients to be used for repellent purposes (e.g., Eucalyptus citriodora and the related molecule p-menthane-3,8-diol).
Therefore, the present Special Issue is dedicated to the development of effective and eco-friendly insecticides, acaricides, repellents, and antimicrobials, including products of natural origin (e.g., plant extracts, essential oils, selected bacterial and fungal metabolites). Research efforts shedding light on their field evaluation, modes of action, behavioral modifications at sublethal doses, and nontarget effects are particularly welcomed.
For studies focusing on natural product research, the authors are recommended to include a positive control in their experiments, as well as detailed information on the chemical composition of the tested products. Both original research and reviews will be considered for publication.
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Benelli
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- arthropod pests and vectors
- eco-friendly pesticides
- natural products
- plant extracts
- essential oils
- sublethal effects