Pest Management publishes research on tools and tactics aimed at suppressing populations of pests that cause economic losses to horticultural and field crops, whether grown for food, fibre or medicinal uses (phytopharmaceuticals), grown outdoors or in controlled environments. While primarily focused on insect, mite and other arthropod pests, studies involving terrestrial molluscs, vertebrate pests (rodents, lagomorphs, large grazing ungulates) and avian pests will be considered.
Topics covered by this section include, but are not limited to:
Pest management products including conventional (chemical) pesticides, biopesticides, and behavior-modifying products (pheromones, deterrents).
Products with novel modes-of-action and/or novel delivery systems.
Resistance of pests to pest management products and other tools.
RNAi-based products for pest management, or other novel genetic means of population control (e.g., sterile insect release).
Biological control – classical inundative or inoculative release of exotic or native natural enemies.
Cultivation practices aimed at mitigating pest populations: weed management, water management, physical barriers, mulches, mixed plantings. Habitat manipulation to encourage natural enemy populations.
Field applications of host plant resistance derived from traditional breeding or genetically modified plants, including transgenics.
IPM: programs aimed at pest population management through the combined use of two or more of the above tools/strategies.
Invasive pests of agronomic/horticultural crops.
Arthropods and other pests as vectors of plant pathogens, where the focus is on the management of the vector species.
Studies on nematodes should be referred to the Disease Management section of the journal. Pest management in forestry, of stored products or post-harvest will not be considered. Field or glasshouse trials of commercial products where the only novelty is application to a new crop or against a new pest, or where the principal aim is the demonstration of efficacy, will not be considered.
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Pest Management welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Systematic Review.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Pest Management, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Pest Management will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Agronomy.
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