Special Issue "Botanical Insecticides 2020-2021"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Interests: plant extracts for pest control; botanicals; natural insecticides; organic agriculture; nanotechnology; agricultural sciences; industrial crops
Plant protection is undergoing a fast change towards sustainable methods. Among them, we highlight the use of plant extracts, plant products, essential oils, and other preparations as active substances or basic substances in formulations. The new products are possibly less toxic to agricultural pests in comparison with conventional ones but hopefully more environmentally friendly and less harmful to beneficial insects. In any case, fewer and fewer active ingredients remain authorized to be used as agrochemicals in Europe, and therefore, the outreach of the botanical trend includes all agricultural systems.
In this Special Issue, we welcome research papers that particularly address the following subjects:
- Plant species with the potential to be cultivated as sources of raw materials to be used as botanical insecticides;
- Plant products as active substances against specific agricultural pests;
- Application of nanotechnology to the formulation of essential oils and evaluation of activity;
- Field trials to optimize the application of botanical insecticides;
- Integration of botanical insecticides with biological control;
- Biostimulat effects of botanicals on crops.
The focus should be on practical case studies providing new data but with an insight into the future perspectives of this research area.
Dr. María Jesús Pascual-Villalobos
Manuscript Submission Information
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- botanical active substances
- basic substances
- plant protection
- natural insecticides
- plant extracts
- essential oils
- field trials
- organic agriculture