About this Research Topic
The push-pull strategy is an increasingly, sustainable alternative to the use of traditional pesticides based on the simultaneous application of an attractant and repellent stimulus to divert insect pests. This strategy aims at reducing crop injury by modifying pest distribution using repellent stimuli to ‘push’ the pest away from the crop and at the same time attractant stimuli to ‘pull’ the pest to other areas out of the crop. Advantages of push-pull strategies over conventional pest control approaches include a higher efficiency due to the often synergistic effect of their components; reduction of chemicals and biologicals for pest control since the insect population is concentrated in specific areas; higher potential for the possibility of using antifeedants and oviposition deterrents in Integrated Pest Management programs; and reduction of the pest possibility to develop insecticide resistance.
The development of push-pull strategies has been mainly directed to agricultural systems to manage insecticide resistance threats or diminish the use of insecticides in IPM programs. The main goal of this Research Topic is to collect and publish the latest developments on push-pull strategies in which pheromones play a crucial role. This technology has a wide scope since it requires knowledge of pest biology, chemical ecology, and interactions between the host plants and natural enemies. We welcome original articles, reviews, and short communications on recent pheromone-mediated push-pull strategies to be potentially applied for pest control in IPM programs.
We welcome submissions covering, but not limited to:
1. Application of anti-aggregation pheromones in push-pull strategies.
2. Application of alarm pheromones in push-pull strategies.
3. Application of sex and aggregation pheromones in push-pull methods.
4. Application of oviposition stimulants and oviposition-deterring pheromones in push-pull methodologies.
5. Development of new plant-derived semiochemicals in conjunction with pheromones for successful push-pull methods.
6. Integration of pheromone-mediated push-pull strategies with other environmentally benign alternatives, such as botanical insecticides, insect growth regulators, etc.
7. Development of push-pull strategies to control hematophagous insects.
Keywords: push-pull strategies, pheromones, crop protection, integrated pest management, attractant stimuli, repellent stimuli
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