Journal of Pest Science (J PEST SCI )

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

The Journal of Pest Science provides authoritative coverage of research developments and advances in the fight against pests. Through peer-reviewed original research papers and informative contributions on current topics, the journal acts as a bridge between academic research and application. While most journals on pest management and plant protection concentrate on damage inflicted by insects, bacteria and viruses, this journal also takes into consideration so-called higher animals, such as snails, birds, and certain reptiles. The contributions provide a broad overview of pest science in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, conservation, stored products research, and health and safety aspects. In doing so, the journal devotes special attention to the development of new methods to control pests, including their effectiveness and side-effects on useful plants. Journal previously known as Anzeiger für Schädlingskunde (1436-5693).

Current impact factor: 2.66

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.664
2012 Impact Factor 2.174
2011 Impact Factor 1.509
2010 Impact Factor 0.988
2009 Impact Factor 0.818
2008 Impact Factor 1.014
2007 Impact Factor 0.329
2006 Impact Factor 0.438
2005 Impact Factor 0.359
2004 Impact Factor

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.70
Cited half-life 3.20
Immediacy index 0.35
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.43
Website Journal of Pest Science website
Other titles Journal of pest science (Online)
ISSN 1612-4758
OCLC 54505425
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Slugs are a serious pest of cereal crops, and recent emphasis in slug pest management has shifted from solely chemical towards integrated approaches. The objective of the present research was to test if boosted silicon (Si) and calcium (Ca) levels in wheat seedlings can reduce slug grazing. Laboratory experiments were conducted in which wheat seedlings were grown firstly, with soluble Si and Ca (with and without additional mineral N) or secondly, with six levels of soluble Si, and consumption of leave sections by the field slug (Deroceras reticulatum) was measured. Boosted foliar Si concentrations reduced consumption significantly (P<0.001) compared to an untreated control and Ca treatments in a no-choice setting; a similar trend (P<0.10), but with a higher variability, was observed in a simultaneous choice setting. It is shown for the first time that increasing the nominal Si concentration of treatment solutions in a geometric series (from 0 to 6 g sodium metasilicate nonahydrate l-1) translated into a logarithmic increase in foliar Si concentrations (from 5.0 to 19.4 g Si kg-1 dry weight). When these leaves were offered simultaneously (choice setting), wheat leaves containing less than 10 g Si kg-1 were consumed preferentially by D. reticulatum (P\0.001), suggesting that Si concentrations as low as 1 % leaf dry weight may be effective at reducing grazing by slugs. It is concluded that boosting Si levels in cereals has potential as a novel tool in crop protection against pest slugs and snails. Various open research questions to advance this tool are identified.
    Journal of Pest Science 03/2015; 88(1):17–24.
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    ABSTRACT: Endophytic fungi colonize healthy plant tissues and can in some cases induce systemic resistance to the host against biotic and abiotic stresses. In our previous study, Hypocrea lixii isolate F3ST1 was able to colonize onion plants endophytically and conferred resistance to them against onion thrips, Thrips tabaci. To further elucidate the mechanism of resistance, we examined the behavioral response of adult and larval stages of T. tabaci to endophyte-inoculated (E+) and endophyte-free (E−) onion plants/sections. In choice experiments, female T. tabaci preferred E− over E+ plants. The number of feeding punctures and eggs was more on E− than on E+ plants. Oviposition was reduced sixfold on E+ plants within a 72-h experimental period. In the Y-tube olfactometer assay, thrips showed a 3.3-fold preference for E− plants. In individual larval choice experiments, significantly more first and second instars were found on the leaf sections of E− as compared to the E+ plants. In the settlement preference assay with groups of second instars, more larvae preferred leaf sections from E− over E+ plants with incremental time. Our findings suggest that endophyte-colonized onion plants may trigger antixenotic repellence of T. tabaci, impacting their biology. This repellence could be exploited in thrips control programs by using endophyte-inoculated plants in the field.
    Journal of Pest Science 02/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: The tomato borer Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) is an invasive pest of tomato crops that is rapidly expanding around the world. It is considered a devastating pest and its control heavily relies on application of insecticides. Diamides are a novel class of insecticides acting on insect ryanodine receptors and are highly effective against lepidopteran pests. To date, chlorantraniliprole and flubendiamide have been registered in the market and they have been extensively used to manage T. absoluta. In this study, a survey was conducted in Greece and Italy monitoring diamide resistance. The populations originating from Sicily (Italy) exhibited LC50s that ranged between 47.6–435 for chlorantraniliprole and 993–1.376 for flubendiamide, while for Crete (Greece) LC50s ranged between 0.14–2.45 for chlorantraniliprole and 1.7–8.4 for flubendiamide (LC50s in mg L−1). Comparing this result to the susceptible reference strain, high resistance levels for the Italian populations were detected, i.e., up to 2,414- and 1,742-fold for chlorantraniliprole and flubendiamide, respectively. Resistance ratios for Greek populations were found up to 14-fold for chlorantraniliprole and 11-fold for flubendiamide, suggesting that diamide resistance is low but increasing considering monitoring data over time. Hereby, we report for the first time, cases of resistance development to diamide insecticides in T. absoluta. These findings underline the importance of committing to the resistance management strategies for diamide insecticides.
    Journal of Pest Science 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: The diversity and abundance of natural enemies of insect pests is often higher in agroforestry plantations than in sun-exposed monocultures, and it is often assumed that this will lead to improved pest suppression. The effect that incorporating trees in cropping systems will have on pest populations, however, also depends on the habitat requirements of the pests themselves. In Eastern Uganda, we studied how shade level (full >50 trees per acre, moderate 21–50 trees per acre, and low 0–20 trees per acre) and altitude (high 1,717–1,840 m.a.s.l. and low 1,511–1,605 m.a.s.l.) influenced the abundance of the white stem borer Monochamus leuconotus and the coffee berry borer Hypothenemus hampei. We found that the effect of shade trees differed between the two pest species. The coffee berry borer was more common on sun-exposed plantations, whereas the white stem borer was more common in shaded plantations. Furthermore, the effect of shade level on the white stem borer depended on altitude, with the differences between shade levels being most pronounced in plantations at low altitudes. This implies that the impact of agroforestry on pest regulation both under current conditions and in a global warming scenario will be highly context dependent; it will depend on the identity of the most important pests in the area, and on environmental factors such as altitude.
    Journal of Pest Science 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Efficacy of commercial formulations of Bacillus thuringiensis ssp. kurstaki (Btk) against spruce budworm Choristoneura fumiferana in black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) BSP), white spruce (P. glauca (Moench) Voss) and balsam fir (Abies balsamea (L.) Mill.) was investigated in Québec’s Côte-Nord region. As expected, larval mortality was higher in Btk-treated plots (80.26 ± 2.34 %) than in control plots (66.32 ± 2.80 %). There were no differences in larval mortality among the three host tree species tested. Btk was most efficient in reducing spruce budworm defoliation when applied to black spruce and white spruce trees. Black spruce and white spruce exhibited lower final defoliation in Btk-treated plots than balsam fir. Btk applications produced a reduction in defoliation of 36 % in balsam fir, 44 % in white spruce and 41 % in black spruce. Control plots exhibited about 35 % higher amount of current-year foliage destroyed (AFD) and 56 % lower amount of current-year foliage remaining (ARF) than Btk-treated plots, whereas no differences in the amount of current-year foliage produced (AFP) were observed among host tree species. Black spruce trees showed the lowest AFD. Although not statistically significant, black spruce also showed the highest ARF. Our results suggest that Btk application is more efficient in protecting against spruce budworm damage when it is applied to spruce species than it is to balsam fir. It appears that the observed inter-specific differences in host tree foliage protection might be related to interactions between Btk, host tree foliage, and larval feeding behaviour.
    Journal of Pest Science 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Spent hops is a waste produced in large amount by the brewing industry. Rhyzopertha dominica and Sitophilus granarius are insects that cause important economic losses of stored foods. In this study, for the first time, spent hops has been evaluated as a source of essential oil (EO) and chemicals with repellent activity against R. dominica and S. granarius. Spent hops EO yield was 0.11 %. The terpenes myrcene, α-humulene, and β-caryophyllene were its main components (47 %). Spent hops EO RD50 values were 0.01 and 0.19 μL cm−2 for R. dominica and S. granarius, respectively. Among the chemicals, myrcene was able to exert the highest repellency against R. dominica (RD50 = 0.27 µM cm−2), while limonene was the most effective compound against S. granarius (RD50 = 0.89 µM cm−2). These results indicate spent hops as an excellent source of EO and chemicals to be utilized as low-cost, eco-friendly insect pests repellents in the protection of stored food.
    Journal of Pest Science 01/2015;
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  • Journal of Pest Science 12/2014; 87(4):551-557.
  • Journal of Pest Science 12/2014; 87(4):629-637.
  • Journal of Pest Science 12/2014; 87(4):731-738.
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    ABSTRACT: The Khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium Everts, is a global pest species of stored grain products. Accurate identification of Trogoderma specimens trapped within stores of grain is critical to surveillance and exclusion efforts for the Khapra beetle. To enhance diagnostic capacity, we report PCR-based diagnostic assays for Khapra beetle identification. Three methods such as conventional PCR, real-time PCR, and DNA sequencing are reported for the diagnosis of Trogoderma specimens captured within the U.S. All three methods discern the Khapra beetle based on variation in fragments of 16S mitochondrial DNA. To examine PCR assay stringency, ten native or introduced Trogoderma species and two Megatoma species were also examined. These DNA-based assays provide reliable identification of T. granarium regardless of condition, life stage, or taxonomic expertise of the investigator.
    Journal of Pest Science 12/2014; 87(4).
  • Journal of Pest Science 12/2014; 87(4):671-679.