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Tropical Plant Biology

Tropical Plant Biology

Co-Editor-in-Chief: P.H. Moore; R. Ming; P. Arruda

ISSN: 1935-9756 (print version)

Journal no. 12042

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Forthcoming Special Issue 2016: Transgenic Approaches to Insect Control in the Tropics  

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Insects are one of the main biotic stresses affecting crop productivity and quality in the tropics, where insect pests are typically more aggressive than in temperate environments. The most frequent insect control methods in place are based on insecticides. However, in many cases farmers lack access to chemical products for controlling insects, or the degree of control achieved is inadequate. Furthermore, some insect pests quickly develop resistance to such products. In addition, insecticides are not always disposed of or handled properly and represent a source of toxic chemical exposure to farmers and field workers in the tropics. Therefore, novel, environmentally benign insect control approaches are needed.
One such approach is the use of insect-tolerant transgenic crops. The first such transgenic crop, a maize transgenic event controlling some Lepidoptera pests, achieved regulatory approvals nearly 20 years ago and has been commercialized ever since. It is appropriate now to reflect on the role that transgenic technologies can play to control insect pests in tropical environments.
Tropical Plant Biology plans a special issue to be published in September 2016 to provide an updated perspective on the multiples themes involved in the use of transgenic approaches to control insects in the tropics, ranging from the discovery of novel Bt genes, RNAi and related approaches, transgenic crops and Integrated Pest Management, the contribution of transgenic insect control to date, and regulatory aspects among others. There is no single solution to control insects in tropical environments. Our expectation is that this special issue will encourage the scientific discussion needed to expand the range of insect control alternatives available to farmers living and working in the tropics.
Keywords: insect control; tropical agriculture; transgenic crops; Bt genes; Integrated Pest Management
Special Issue Editor: Hugo Campos (hugo.campos@ctc.com.br)
Editors-in-Chief: Ray Ming, Paul Moore and Paulo Arruda

Already Published Special Issues: 

Pineapple genome
Published in September 2016, Volume 9 Issue 3
Issue Editor: J. Shen-Miller
Published in September 2013, Volume 6 Issue 2-3
Guest Editor: Nigel Taylor
Published in March 2012, Volume 5 Issue 1
Guest Editor: Paulo Arruda
Published in March 2011, Volume 4 Issue 1

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    Tropical Plant Biology covers the most rapidly advancing aspects of tropical plant biology including physiology, evolution, development, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, genomics, genomic ecology, and molecular breeding. It publishes articles of original research,  but it also accepts review articles and publishes occasional special issues focused on a single tropical crop species or breakthrough. Information published in this journal guides effort to increase the productivity and quality of tropical plants and preserve the world’s plant diversity. The journal serves as the primary source of newly published information for researchers and professionals in all of the aforementioned areas of tropical science.

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