Special Issue "Policies for Sustainable Pest Control"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. George Frisvold
Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Interests: environmental and resource economics; regulation and use of biotechnology; integrated pest management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Many species have evolved resistance to pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and antibiotics. The resistance of pests and pathogens to chemical and antibiotic control threatens the sustainability of many agricultural production systems. While much research has stated (and restated) the nature and causes of resistance problems, there is far less work on formulating or evaluating concrete policy responses to these problems. This Special Issue seeks to collect papers aimed at developing and evaluating policy options to address resistance problems in agriculture. This includes empirical studies of past policy successes (or failures) as well as prescriptive articles, making the case for innovative policies. Papers that take a synthetic approach, for example considering insecticide, herbicide and antibiotic resistance as an overarching problem, are of interest. Also welcome are analyses of the role of non-chemical pest control options, and policies to promote them.

Dr. George Frisvold
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • pest resistance
  • antibiotic resistance
  • integrated pest management (IPM)
  • sustainable agriculture
  • biotechnology
  • policy

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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