Companion and Smart Plants Scientific Background to Promote Conservation Biological Control

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Blassioli-Moraes, C., Venzon, M., Paterno Silveira, L. C., Moreira Gontijo, L., Brum Togni, P. H., Ryoiti Sujii, E., Mendes Haro, M., Borges, M., Michereff, M. F. F., Ferreira Santos de Aquino, M., Laumann, R. A., Caulfield, J. C. and Birkett, M. A. 2022. Companion and Smart Plants Scientific Background to Promote Conservation Biological Control. Neotropical Entomology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13744-021-00939-2

AuthorsBlassioli-Moraes, C., Venzon, M., Paterno Silveira, L. C., Moreira Gontijo, L., Brum Togni, P. H., Ryoiti Sujii, E., Mendes Haro, M., Borges, M., Michereff, M. F. F., Ferreira Santos de Aquino, M., Laumann, R. A., Caulfield, J. C. and Birkett, M. A.
Abstract

To attain sustainable agricultural crop protection, tools such as host plant resistance, enhanced ecosystem services (i.e. conserving natural enemies) and the deployment of companion plants should be promoted in pest management programmes. These agro system manipulations could be based on chemical ecology studies considering the interactions with natural enemies and pests, regarding specifically plant defence signalling. Further, new crop protection strategies might rise from widening the knowledge regarding how herbivore-induced plant volatiles can govern a multifaceted defence response including natural enemy recruitment, pest repellence or induced defence in neighbouring plants. It is crucial to use a multitrophic approach to understand better the interactions involving companion plants, herbivores and natural enemies in the field, increasing the knowledge to build more efficient and sustainable pest management strategies. In this review, we explore the perspectives of companion plants and their semiochemicals to promote conservation biological control according to the ‘smart plants’ concept. Further, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using companion plants and explore the
application of companion plants in different agroecosystems using several case studies.

KeywordsSustainable agriculture systems; Natural enemies; Herbivores; Plant diversity
Year of Publication2022
JournalNeotropical Entomology
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s13744-021-00939-2
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeNovel Semiochemical-Based Management of Fall Armyworm (FAW) in Brazil using Companion Crops
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online12 Jan 2022
Publication process dates
Accepted20 Dec 2021
PublisherEntomological Soc Brasil
ISSN1519-566X

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