Special Issue "Augmentative Biological Control Using Parasitoids for Fruit Fly Management"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2012)
Dr. Olivia L. Reynolds
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (an alliance between the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Charles Sturt University), Woodbridge Road, Menangle NSW 2568, Australia
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Interests: silicon & insect-plant interactions; fruit fly pest management & trapping; sterile insect technique; biological control; insect behaviour
Fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) are one of the worst group of pests facing horticultural industries worldwide. Environmental concerns and pressure from consumers and industry have contributed to the need for alternative control tactics to chemical insecticides as stand alone methods of control. Augmentative biological control of fruit flies using parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera) is receiving increasing attention worldwide as parasitoids are target specific, environmentally friendly and cause no damage to the crop. For this special issue of Insects (an online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/insects/), authors are invited to contribute review articles or original research papers on aspects of parasitoid biology, ecology and behaviour that enable their success as biological control agents (rearing to release) and which ultimately aim to optimise their performance in the field. Contributed reviews and original research articles will address a range of topics including learning ability, host larval and fruit chemical cues, competitive interactions and synergies between parasitoids and other control methods. This special issue will capture some of the important research on these and related topics to date, and highlight areas where further research is needed, together in one issue.
Dr. Olivia Reynolds