Botanical active substances for use as pesticides

Submission deadline: December 31 2022

The term 'botanical active substance' covers an extremely heterogeneous group of substances ranging from simple plant powders to unprocessed and processed plant extracts. Furthermore, plant extracts may be highly refined (i.e. one single active substance) or represent a complex mixture of components of which all or only some are biologically active.

For the purpose of this Special Issue, 'botanical active substance' refers to active substances obtained from plant material. Therefore, substances referred to as analogues, mimics, natural-identical synthesised molecules and biosimilars are not covered by this Special Issue.

For the purpose of this Special Issue, a 'botanical active substance' consists of one or more components found in plants and obtained by subjecting plants or parts of plants of the same species to a process such as pressing, milling, crushing, distillation and/or extractions. The process may include further concentration, purification and/or blending, provided that the chemical nature of the components is not intentionally modified/altered by chemical and/or microbial processes.

Topics to be addressed:

  • Pesticide properties of botanical substances (plant extracts, essential oils, powders and other natural or processed plant derived materials) as potential insecticide, acaricide, molluscicide, rodenticide, fungicide, antiviral, herbicide and etc. in plant protection.
  • Repellency and antifeedant characteristics of botanical substances and the potential use in plant protection programs.
  • Allelopathic effects of botanical substances.
  • Use of botanical substances for inducing host plant resistance or increasing its tolerance to pest damages.
  • Side effects of botanical pesticides on non-target organisms including natural enemies, beneficial microbes, and pollinators.
  • Behavioral effects of botanical substances, the host plant metabolites, on interspecies interactions.
  • Formulations and standardizations of botanical active substances (with appropriate pesticide, repellency, antifeedant, fungitoxic, resistance induction and other properties) for use in plant protection.
  • Integrating the botanical active substances and other control strategies, e.g. biological control using predators, parasitoids and beneficial microbiological agents, for enhancing sustainable pest control.
  • Physiological effects, e.g. insect growth regulating effects of botanical substances. 
  • Screening the best active constituents causing desired effects on the pests or plant diseases for introducing novel chemical pesticides, repellents and etc.
  • Economic importance and popularity of the botanical substances in plant protection among farmers and customers and their roles for developing products for organic agriculture.

Data requirements of a manuscript

  • The title should be concise and should highlight the major result
  • The pathogen/host plant combinations, the impact of the diseases or pest and the current situation of pesticide use should be described
  • the state of the art of use of the specific botanical active substance studied, including the availabilitiy of the plant material should be described
  • the method of preparation and processing should be described or referenced; 
  • any information concerning variability of plant material and extract should be provided
  • the mode of action should be commented or shown
  • the practical relevance should be discussed on the basis of efficacy data; the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) should be highlighted, the local, regional or global usefulness described
  • data of efficacy in comparison to registered pesticides are required
  • The discussion should avoid general statements like „might be used for plant protection“ (cut offcut-off criterion); instead, clear visions on technological transfer or next steps of development have to be pointed out.

Author Benefits

Fast manuscript handling time: A first decision is provided to authors approximately 9 days after submission; at his point manuscripts are taken latest into peer-review and can be accepted for publication already three weeks after submission depending on the manuscript quality.

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JPDP-Editors of the Special Issue

Falko Feldmann, Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Cultivated Plants, Braunschweig, Germany

Ewa Matyjaszczyk, European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), Paris, France

Abhay K. Pandey, Tocklai Tea Research Institute, Nagrakata, India

Ali Rajabpour, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources University of Khuzestan, Ahwaz, Iran

Marciel J. Stadnik, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis-SC, Brazil

Deadline for submission

The deadline for paper submission is 31 December 2022, but you can submit your paper earlier. The manuscripts will be published online first with a first valid, citable DOI immediately after acceptance and will get the page numbers of the special issues and a second DOI in the course of 2023.

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