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Agricultural and Forest Entomology is seeking abstracts for consideration in a forthcoming Special Issue: Advances in insect biomonitoring for agriculture and forestry.

Editor: Jordan Cuff, Newcastle University
Deadline for abstracts:
31 July 2023

Recent years have seen the emergence and development of various high-resolution methodologies for biomonitoring of insect populations. From high-throughput sequencing of community DNA from replicated traps and airborne nucleotides, through machine-learning-based visual detection, to high-sensitivity bio-acoustic identification of species by their characteristic wingbeat frequencies, the biomonitoring toolbox of the 21st Century shows incredible promise. These novel approaches are broadly applicable to monitoring pests and ecosystem service providers across agriculture and forestry but are in their relative infancy and are only now beginning to be operationalised at landscape scales.

The data and studies arising from these approaches will not only enhance our biomonitoring capacity, but also facilitate highly resolved cutting-edge research at large spatiotemporal scales. While these methods will undoubtedly transform the way in which we monitor agricultural and forest systems, there are many shortcomings and sources of error still emerging. This special issue of Agricultural and Forest Entomology will provide a synthesis of the multitude of emergent advanced biomonitoring methods. This Special Issue will also present an opportunity to critically evaluate these approaches, assess their compatibility and forecast their broader relevance in agriculture and forestry prior to their broad adoption.

Article Types Appropriate for Submission

  • Empirical applications of advanced biomonitoring methods to the detection of pests, beneficials or agricultural biodiversity over space and/or time structured around explicit testable hypotheses.
  • Original reviews that synthesise recent advances in insect biomonitoring to provide state-of-the-art assessments of the utility and promise of these approaches
  • Novel advances in insect biomonitoring, such as the development and application of novel methodologies or significant advance of existing platforms through innovation.
  • Innovative perspectives at the cutting edge of advanced insect biomonitoring that propose novel future directions and applications.

Presubmission enquiries welcome. Please contact the Editor, or RES Head of Publishing Emilie Aimé

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