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Biocontrol bolsters the organic food movement

What's in store for Biocontrol Science and Technology?

Insights from the Editorial Team

Organic agriculture is booming; the latest estimates place global organic area at an all-time high, with the market reaching $97 billion and the U.S. comprising the largest single country market ($43 billion) in 2017.

The use of biological control has greatly facilitated the organic movement. A key issue enabling certified organic production is the ability to manage pests and diseases without synthetic pesticides, which have formed the backbone of pest management industry since the introduction of DDT in the 1940s.

Advances in classical, conservation, and augmentative biological control have helped farmers manage existing and new (often invasive) pests organically. The pest control industry has seen a rapid increase in the number of ‘biological based products’ being developed and sold. According to market research, the growth in biopesticides, biostimulants and natural enemies is outpacing the growth of synthetic pesticides by a factor of at least four.

Editor's choice collection

Here, we highlight recent articles from different regions that document the development of important biopesticides and commercial production of natural enemy species for pest management.

These articles provide clear examples on how augmentation biological control is increasingly used in the organic farming movement around the world. We hope that this collection stimulates conversation and cooperation with crop protection and market specialists and others with interests in sustainable farming and healthy food.

If you are inspired to join the conversation, submit your manuscript here.

Effectiveness of different release rates of Trichogramma cacoeciae (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) against Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) in protected and open field tomato crops in TunisiaAsma Cherif, Ramzi Mansour, Sabrine Attia-Barhoumi, et al.November 2018
Physiological susceptibility of the predator Macrolophus basicornis (Hemiptera: Miridae) to pesticides used to control of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)Luis Clepf Passos, Marianne Araújo Soares, Mariana Abreu Costa, et al.October 2017
Prey preference of predatory mite Amblyseius swirskii (Acari: Phytoseiidae) on Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae) and Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae)Samaneh Soleymani, Masoud Hakimitabar & Marjan SeiedyFebruary 2016
Functional response of Nesidiocoris tenuis (Hemiptera: Miridae) to Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae): effect of different host plantsMahdi Hassanpour, Mohammadreza Bagheri, Ali Golizadeh & Shahram FarrokhiOctober 2016
Comparative selectivity of pesticides used in greenhouses, on the aphid parasitoid Aphidius colemani (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)N. Garantonakis, K. Varikou & A. BirourakiMarch 2016
Functional response of Neoseiulus cucumeris (Oudemans) (Acari: Phytoseiidae) to Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) on tomato leavesMaohai Li, Nianwan Yang, Fanghao Wan, et al.May 2017
Prey consumption and survival of the predatory mite, Amblydromalus limonicus, on different prey and host plantsMelanie M. Davidson, Mette-Cecilie Nielsen, Ruth C. Butler & Rob B. SilberbauerMarch 2016

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