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Journal of Pest Science

Journal of Pest Science

Editor-in-Chief: Michael Traugott

ISSN: 1612-4758 (print version)
ISSN: 1612-4766 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10340

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Please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Michael Traugott, for proposals on special issues at Michael.Traugott@uibk.ac.at


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

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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

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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.
Editors: Antonio Biondi & Nicolas Desneux
(Photo credit: Antonio Biondi)


Invasive Pests of Forests and Urban Trees

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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.
Manuscript submission for the Invasive Pests of Forests and Urban Trees Special Issue has been closed.
All successful papers will be made available online shortly upon acceptance and published in the Invasive Pests of Forests and Urban Trees Special Issue in 2018
Editors: Jon Sweeney, Davide Rassati, Nicolas Meurisse, Brett Hurley, Jian Duan, Christian Stauffer & Andrea Battisti


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. For this special issue Journal of Pest Science invites for manuscripts reporting on innovative research within the theme of this BMSB special issues.
Manuscript submission for the Halyomorpha halys Special Issue has been closed.
All successful papers will be made available online shortly upon acceptance and published in the BMSB special issue in 2017.


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.


Ecology and Control of Wireworms

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


Recent Advances In Stored Product Protection

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

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    Journal of Pest Science publishes high-quality papers on all aspects of pest science in agriculture, horticulture (including viticulture), forestry, urban pests, and stored products research, including health and safety issues.

    Journal of Pest Science reports on advances in control of pests and animal vectors of diseases, the biology, ethology and ecology of pests and their antagonists, and the use of other beneficial organisms in pest control. The journal covers all noxious or damaging groups of animals, including arthropods, nematodes, molluscs, and vertebrates.

    Journal of Pest Science devotes special attention to emerging and innovative pest control strategies, including the side effects of such approaches on non-target organisms, for example natural enemies and pollinators, and the implementation of these strategies in integrated pest management.

    Journal of Pest Science also publishes papers on the management of agro- and forest ecosystems where this is relevant to pest control. Papers on important methodological developments relevant for pest control will be considered as well.

    Moreover, the journal welcomes Rapid Communications which are shorter papers on pressing topics in pest control which are of broad interest, as for example findings on newly establishing or invading pests of major crops. These articles will be fast-tracked, to rapidly provide scientists and pest control practitioners with the latest information.

    Review papers are usually invited from the editorial board but proposals for review papers can be sent to the Journal of Pest Science Reviews Editor. The journal also considers Commentaries on published papers, principally papers which have been published in Journal of Pest Science.

    For more information please read "Editorial 2012: shaping the profile of Journal of Pest Science", J Pest Sci (2012) 85:1–3.

    We aim to provide rapid publication and speedy responses to authors, with all papers being reviewed by independent referees.

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