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Journal of the International Organization for Biological Control

Editor-in-Chief: Eric Wajnberg

ISSN: 1386-6141 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-8248 (electronic version)

Journal no. 10526

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We are very pleased to inform you that the FIRST VIRTUAL ISSUE of BioControl is available.

Our Virtual Issues are compiled in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief Eric Wajnberg as well as the Associate Editors Patrick De Clercq and Arne Janssen, and focus on cutting-edge topics. They present key articles which have been published in the journal over the course of the last years.

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VIRTUAL ISSUE No 1: Predator behaviour and life-history traits important for biological control 

Dispersal potential of native and exotic predatory ladybirds as measured by a computer-monitored flight mill

Sara Maes, Xavier Massart, Jean-Claude Grégoire, Patrick De Clercq

Trade-off between flight activity and life-history components in Chrysoperla sinica 

Niaz Hussain Khuhro, Antonio Biondi, Nicolas Desneux, Lisheng Zhang, Ying Zhang, Hongyin Chen

A comparative life history study of two mirid bugs preying on Tuta absoluta and Ephestia kuehniella eggs on tomato crops: implications for biological control 

O. Mollá, A. Biondi, M. Alonso-Valiente, A. Urbaneja

Contrasting population growth parameters of the aphidophagous Scymnus nubilus and the coccidophagous Nephus reunioni 

I. Borges, J.-L. Hemptinne, A. O. Soares

Thermal biology of the spider mite predator Phytoseiulus macropilis 

Megan R. Coombs, Jeffrey S. Bale

Fecundity and fertility of ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis after prolonged cold storage 

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Mona Awad, Plamen Kalushkov, Tereza Nedvědová, Oldřich Nedvěd

Development of the predator Eocanthecona furcellata on different proportions of nucleopolyhedrovirus infected Spodoptera litura larvae and potential for predator dissemination of virus in the field  

R. K. Gupta, Mudasir Gani, P. Jasrotia, K. Srivastava

Feeding preferences of the aphidophagous hoverfly Sphaerophoria rueppellii affect the performance of its offspring 

Rocco Amorós-Jiménez, Ana Pineda, Alberto Fereres, M. Ángeles Marcos-García

Gut content examination of the citrus predator assemblage for the presence of Homalodisca vitripennis remains 

James R. Hagler, Felisa Blackmer, Rodrigo Krugner, Russell L. Groves, J. G. Morse, Marshall W. Johnson

Life tables of Neoseiulus cucumeris exclusively fed with seven different pollens 

Nar B. Ranabhat, Irina Goleva, Claus P. W. Zebitz

Performance of the predatory mite Amblydromalus limonicus on factitious foods 

Dominiek Vangansbeke, Duc Tung Nguyen, Joachim Audenaert, Ruth Verhoeven, Bruno Gobin, Luc Tirry, Patrick De Clercq

Effects of an artificial diet on development, reproduction and digestive physiology of Chrysopa septempunctata 

F. Liu, C. Liu, F. Zeng

Development and reproduction of the predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii on artificial diets 

Duc Tung Nguyen, Dominiek Vangansbeke, Xin Lü, Patrick De Clercq

Why eat extrafloral nectar? Understanding food selection by Coleomegilla maculata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) 

Beth A. Choate, Jonathan G. Lundgren

Pollen on-twine for food provisioning and oviposition of predatory mites in protected crops 

Einat Adar, Moshe Inbar, Shira Gal, Samuel Gan-Mor,
Eric Palevsky


Patrick De Clercq, Arne Janssen, Associate Editors and Eric Wajnberg, Editor-in-Chief

Among the different organisms that can be used in the biological control of agricultural pests, arthropod predators are playing a central role. Their biological features and especially their behaviour can make them voracious animals able to detect and to consume pest organisms at a high rate, yielding efficient crop protection. There is nowadays an increasing number of research teams in different countries working on arthropod predators, trying to understand their biology and ecology – also from an evolutionary point of view – and how they can be used to develop cost-effective biological control programmes. Also, in order to mass produce them efficiently, their nutritional requirements need to be accurately studied. This knowledge is instrumental for the development of factitious or artificial foods which support their growth and reproduction without affecting their quality as biocontrol agents.
This research effort is reflected in BioControl which has received an increasing number of manuscripts on arthropod predators. Some of these are shared by authors originating from different countries, demonstrating an important cooperative effort devoted to this important topic. Some of the recently published articles in BioControl have been pooled for this Virtual Special Issue. The goal is to foster further research and publications in this direction.
The selected articles cover a range of different and complementary issues. Some contributions focused on the behaviour of these animals, including their dispersion and flight activity, trying to understand the ecological meaning and practical relevance of the results obtained (see Maes et al., Khuhro et al.), whereas others concentrated on analyzing their life-history traits and the associated consequences in terms of their biological control potential (Mollá et al., Borges et al.). Thermal biology, and in particular the ability of arthropod predators to be cold-stored, is also addressed (Coombs & Bale, Awad et al.). Finally, their potential role in transmitting insect diseases is addressed (Gupta et al.).
Two papers have been included in this virtual issue focusing on predators’ feeding preferences (Amorós-Jiménez et al., Hagler et al.) in order to improve our understanding of their ecological function and efficacy as biocontrol agents. Finally, the ability of predatory mites and insects to use non-prey foods and artificial diets is studied (Ranabhat et al., Vangansbeke et al., Liu et al., Duc Tung Nguyen et al., Choate & Lundgren, Adar et al.).
Bringing this handful of works together, we realize that there remain important issues to be tackled in order to understand the fascinating biological and ecological features of predatory arthropods and how they can be used efficiently in biological control programmes against key crop pests. We are thus proud to publish this collation of state-of-the-art articles, and hope to see new exciting studies on this topic in the near future.

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    BioControl, the official journal of the International Organization for Biological Control, presents original papers on basic and applied research in all aspects of biological control of invertebrate, vertebrate and weed pests, and plant diseases. Coverage includes biology and ecology of organisms for biological control, and aspects of use including biological controls for integrated pest management, such as plant resistance, pheromones and intercropping. Papers presenting only laboratory trials on non-target effects of pesticides on natural enemies are not considered but papers dealing with the corresponding effects on community dynamics of natural enemies are welcomed.

    Organisms covered include parasitoids, invertebrate and vertebrate predators of pest animals and plants, mites, plant and insect pathogens, nematodes, and weeds.

    The journal publishes interdisciplinary papers with a global perspective on the use of biological control in integrated pest management systems, and related developments in molecular biology and biotechnology that have direct relevance.

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