This thematic series will publish in
CABI Agriculture and Bioscience.
Lian-Sheng Zang: Guizhou University, China
Adeney de Freitas Bueno: Embrapa Soybean, Brazil
Su Wang: Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences, China
Nicolas Desneux: Université Côte d’Azur, France
Submission Deadline: 29 February 2024
Aims and Scope:
Egg parasitoids have been highlighted as key biological control agents. They are effective for biological control programs as they are easily mass-reared with minimal space requirements, and are able to control pests in its first stage of development (egg), i.e. before any injury to be caused to the plants. Egg parasitoids, especially species from the genus Trichogramma, make up one of the most commonly used groups of natural enemies for biological control programs worldwide. In addition to Trichogramma spp., the egg parasitoids Telenomus, Anastatus, Mesocomys, and Chelonus species, have been studied and released against many major agricultural and forestry pests. This Special Collection will focus on current knowledge and advances in the biology, ecology, rearing technology, field application, risk assessment as well as potential integration in Integrated Pest Management programs of egg parasitoids, with the aim to promote their potential use as biological control against major pests such as Fall Armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Halyomorpha halys, and Spotted Lantern Fly Lycorma delicatula.
Submissions (research articles, reviews, or commentary articles) on the biology, ecology, mass production and application in the egg parasitoids outlined above are encouraged. Different aspects of scientific research relative to egg parasitoids, such as any negative impacts associated with their use as biological control agents, will be welcome in this Collection.