The potential of crop management practices to reduce pollen beetle damage in oilseed rape

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Skellern, M. P. and Cook, S. M. 2017. The potential of crop management practices to reduce pollen beetle damage in oilseed rape. Arthropod-Plant Interactions.

AuthorsSkellern, M. P. and Cook, S. M.

A major problem associated with agricultural intensifcation over recent decades has been the development of insecticide resistance in crop pest populations. This has been a particular issue for control of the pollen beetle (Brassicogethes
aeneus syn. Meligethes aeneus), a major pest of oilseed
rape throughout Europe. Sustained and often prophylactic
use of pyrethroid insecticides has led to the development of insecticide-resistant beetle populations, and alternatively, more environmentally benign integrated pest management strategies
are sought for the pest. The population dynamics of pollen beetles and their natural enemies, and the damage caused by the pest, are infuenced by processes acting at multiple scales,from the regional or landscape scale down to the local field or within-field scale. In this review, we focus on the within-field scale, and how crop management factors, including tillage,crop plant density, crop nutrition and crop rotations may be optimised and incorporated into integrated pest management strategies for more sustainable and effective control of the pest

KeywordsMeligethes aeneus; Brassicogethes aeneus ; Brassica napus; Integrated pest management; Sustainable agriculture; Crop nutrition; Tillage ; Insecticide
Year of Publication2017
JournalArthropod-Plant Interactions
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeASSIST - Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Publisher's version
Output statusE-publication ahead of print
Publication dates
Print23 Oct 2017
Publication process dates
Accepted03 Oct 2017
Copyright licenseCC BY

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