About this Research Topic
The consistent increase in the global population has highlighted the need to identify mechanisms to improve the quantity and quality of food production as well as develop mechanisms to reduce the health and economic burden of arthropod vectored pathogens of human disease. Effective insect control is a fundamental component to increasing food production and minimizing disease transmission. Synthetic insecticides have remained the principal mechanism to effectively reduce insect pests in agricultural settings or in areas of human residence due to their predictability and rapid effectiveness. Yet, although it is country and pest dependent, the commercial availability of insecticidal classes has declined over time due to the increasingly strict environmental, toxicological, and regulatory requirements that limit the utility of older chemistries and make the development of new insecticides more challenging. Considering this, innovative approaches have been initiated to identify novel methods to reduce arthropod pest populations. For instance, this work has led to the development of a wide range of tools to reduce insect populations, including novel mechanism insecticides, genetically modified plants and insects, biological and microbial control, and fundamental advancements to understanding underexplored physiological systems.
This special collection will highlight some of the most prominent research aiming to develop novel arthropod control techniques for pests of medical, veterinary, and agricultural relevance. For this special collection, we seek original reviews and research articles that advance our understanding of novel approaches for arthropod control. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Development of novel chemical pesticides for arthropod control
• Characterization of novel molecular targets for pest control
• Mode of action studies on emerging insecticides
• Molecular genetic approaches of insects or plants for arthropod control
• Novel insecticide resistance mechanisms of insects and arachnids
• Development of biopesticides to control arthropod pests and vectors
• Development of insect repellents and semiochemicals
• Identification of arthropod derived determinants for pathogen transmission
• Perspectives of future directions for the field of agrochemicals.
Keywords: arthropod pests, chemical pesticides, biopesticides, agrochemicals, pathogen transmission
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