Special Issues

Please contact the Editors-in-Chief, Antonio Biondi and Nicolas Desneux, for proposals on special issues at antonio.biondi@unict.it and nicolas.desneux@inrae.fr


The Western flower thrips: novel management tactics for a globally important pest

Editors: Yulin Gao & Stuart R. Reitz

The Western flower thrips (WFT), Frankliniella occidentalis, is a major threat to a wide range of agricultural crops and rapidly spreads throughout the world. Its international importance as a pest has led to tremendous growth in our knowledge of its biology, ecology, and novel approaches for its management. Unfortunately, the literature on WFT is widely dispersed and many researchers, extension specialists and IPM practitioners are only now becoming aware of WFT, which has meant that management programs are still reliant on intense insecticide use, especially in recently invaded regions.

Due to the current high demand in effective and sustainable control tactics for this pest, Journal of Pest Science dedicates a special issue to WFT. This special issue will provide a consolidated review of WFT biology and ecology and will help highlight alternative and novel management techniques to effectively controlling this pest in the future. Papers reporting on novel findings on WFT biology and its control as well as review papers which synthesize the current knowledge on WFT ecology and management tactics are invited to this special issue. The submission deadline for all articles assigned to this special issue is 31 May 2019. All successful papers will be made available online shortly upon acceptance and published in the WFT Special Issue in 2020.


The South American tomato pinworm Tuta absoluta: recent advances in management methods against the background of an ongoing worldwide invasion

Editors: Antonio Biondi & Nicolas Desneux

More than a decade ago the South American tomato pinworm, Tuta absoluta, started invading the old world and quickly induced severe damage to tomato cultivations. The pest is currently spreading in the Afro-Eurasian supercontinent, threatening other major tomato producing areas, notably the US and China. Since the invasion event into Europe, Journal of Pest Science has been at the upfront in publishing studies dealing with the biology and ecology of the pest, its invasion process and the development of management methods. In the present special issue, the journal invites and encourages the submission of the latest and most significant original research and review articles as well as Rapid Communications dealing with any of the multiple aspects of the ecology, management and environmental impact of Tuta absoluta. The submission deadline for all articles assigned to the Tuta absoluta Special Issue is 30 September 2018 with an expected publication of the issue in March 2019. (Photo credit: Antonio Biondi).

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Invasive Pests of Forests and Urban Trees

Editors: Jon Sweeney, Davide Rassati, Nicolas Meurisse, Brett Hurley, Jian Duan, Christian Stauffer & Andrea Battisti

The sustainability of forests worldwide is threatened by the increasing prevalence and impact of alien invasive insect species whose geographical spread is exacerbated by globalisation. This special issue will highlight the latest developments in research and management of invasive forest pests. The topics, covered by both original articles and review papers, will include pre-entry risk analysis and pathway-related mitigation measures to biosecurity surveillance, post-establishment response implementation, recent developments in understanding invasion routes as well as progress towards management strategies that support monitoring, containment or eradication of recently established pests, including the use of semiochemicals and biological control.

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The brown marmorated stink bug: an emerging pest of global concern

Editors: Tim Haye & Donald C. Weber

The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) has emerged as a pest of global concern. This highly polyphagous pest of fruits and vegetable crops is spreading rapidly worldwide, notably through human activities. Journal of Pest Science dedicates a special issue to this pest which will bring together the latest research on the BMSB biology and ecology as well as on forthcoming control tactics. 

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The spotted wing Drosophila: from global invasion to sustainable control

Editors: Antonio Biondi, Michael Traugott, Nicolas Desneux
Published in July 2016, Vol. 89, Issue 3

The spotted wing Drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is a major threat to a wide range of soft fruit crops and rapidly spreading throughout the world. Due to its world-wide importance, Journal of Pest Science dedicated a special issue to this pest which brings together the latest research on the SWD biology and ecology as well as on forthcoming control tactics.

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Ecology and Control of Wireworms

Editor: Michael Traugott
Published in March 2013, Vol. 86, Issue 1

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Recent Advances In Stored Product Protection

Guest Editor: Christos G. Athanassiou
Published in September 2012, Vol. 85 Issue 3

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