About this Research Topic
One of the challenges to effective management of P. japonica is that few – if any - soil-applied or foliar insecticides, labeled for larval and adult stages, respectively, are approved for use in some countries or are currently being reviewed by regulatory agencies. This is particularly true in several EU countries. As this pest continues to expand its range, it is imperative to investigate alternatives to chemical control. Moreover, an improved understanding of P. japonica biology, behavior, and ecology is necessary to develop a solid foundation for future pest management programs. We believe this Research Topic will prove to be a valuable venue for publishing novel research on a variety of P. japonica research priorities in the near future. We look forward to new submissions in the topic areas highlighted below.
This Research Topic welcomes several types of articles, including: original research, opinion, perspective, mini-review and review articles, that examine all aspects of P. japonica invasion ecology and management. Potential contributions include, but are not limited to:
• Early detection, monitoring and spread rates of P. japonica larval, adult populations
• Invasion biology and population ecology
• Dispersal of P. japonica (human-aided, or natural) and pathways of pest introduction
• Range expansion within the context of global climate change
• Behavioral studies, chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions
• Larval/adult feeding injury, measuring the impact on high-value crops
• Novel integrated pest management (IPM) solutions with low environmental impact
• Natural antagonists and biological control agents, and trophic interactions
• Synergies between biological control and pest-resistant varieties
• Novel genetic/genomics studies on P. japonica, or bacteria, entomopathogenic fungi, nematodes and other biological control agents
• Environmental and non-target impacts of P. japonica damage and IPM alternatives
• Economic assessment of P. japonica invasions and IPM solutions
We are also pleased to have Dr. Daniel Potter, University of Kentucky (US), serve in an honorary role as Topic Coordinator, and offer advice to the project, via his 43 years of experience and knowledge of P. japonica biology and ecology.
Image: Popillia japonica adult, parasitized by the tachinid, Istocheta aldrichi (white eggs) for biological control
(Mark Holle, www.FruitEdge.umn.edu)
Keywords: Popillia japonica, Japanese beetle, Integrated pest management, International collaboration, Invasive species, Biological control agents
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.