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: 2.64

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 2.644
2013 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 2.17
Cited half-life 3.40
Immediacy index 0.63
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.52
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: A series of field bioassays was conducted to evaluate the effects of electric infrared (IR) penetration on microbial disinfection and insect control as well as on the organoleptic characteristics of dried black currants (Corinthian currants, Vitis vinifera L. var. Apyrena). A continuous IR processor was placed in the production line of an industrial facility and was used for the field assays. In a series of bioassays, currants were fed into the IR processor and examined with and without process agitation at different treatment parameters including retention times (ranging from 30 to 35 s) and various peak temperatures (45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75 °C). Samples of processed currants were randomly selected for microbial analysis, as well as for determination of organoleptic characteristics. Infrared treatment resulted in a significant reduction of total viable counts, yeasts and moulds by factors ranging from 10 to 300. Increase of treatment time and peak temperature was positively correlated with microbial reduction. Sensory attributes were not affected up to 60 °C, while crystalline texture and overall acceptance were affected by IR treatment at 70 °C. With respect to currant phenolics, antioxidants that have potential benefits to human health, IR heating resulted in almost the same effect up to 65 °C, i.e. approximately 20 % reduction; higher peak temperatures further lowered total phenolic values. 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) formation was low up to 55 °C, while increased at higher temperatures; however, values still remained low as compared with dried fruit HMF levels. In another series of bioassays, golden sultanas were artificially infested with larvae of Ephestia elutella and adults of Oryzaephilus surinamensis and Tribolium confusum and treated with IR in agitating flow process at different peak temperatures (45, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 °C). Finally, a batch series of non-agitated flow process tests were conducted in glass Petri dishes. Briefly, O. surinamensis and T. confusum adults were exposed to IR penetration for different time exposure intervals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 20 s) with and without the presence of currants and sultanas. In the bioassays with infested sultanas, all IR treatments with agitation provided complete control of the insect species tested, since IR-treated sultanas were found free of insects even 1 year after treatment. For exposure intervals higher than 4 s in the non-agitated flow process, all adults of O. surinamensis and T. confusum were killed in glass Petri dishes consisting of insects only and without the presence of currants and sultanas. In contrast, the presence of currants and sultanas in the non-agitated flow process reduced significantly the killing rate efficacy of IR against the insect species tested, especially on the individuals located beneath the sultanas and currants and where the infrared light could not penetrate them. Our results suggest that electric infrared heating with light source penetration could be a valuable tool for rapid and successful reduction of the microbial load and post-harvest insect disinfestation of dry currants and sultanas, provided that adequate agitation within the infrared process chamber is achieved so that sultanas and currants could be penetrated consistently in a three-dimensional manner.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2016 · Journal of Pest Science
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    ABSTRACT: The phytochemical camptothecin (CPT) from Camptotheca acuminate (Nyssaceae) and the byproduct bamboo tar (BT) from bamboo charcoal making are insoluble in water. Here, we prepared water-soluble CPT-Na and BT-Na by alkalization of CPT and BT and a mixture of both salts (CPT/BT-Na), and evaluated their insecticidal activities against brown planthopper Nilaparvata lugens and Asiatic rice striped borer Chilo suppressalis under laboratory and field conditions. The modeling analysis of time-concentration-mortality responses indicated that the lethal concentrations (LC50 and LC90) of CPT-Na and BT-Na sprayed together against the two rice pests were reduced, respectively, by 3.5–14.8-fold and 3.3–29.1-fold in comparison with the estimates of the two salts sprayed separately. The reduction magnitude varied with post-spray days. These highlight a strong synergism of the two salts in insecticidal activity. In two field trials, a spray of CPT/BT-Na (CPT-Na + BT-Na: 1.5–3.0 + 135–270 g ha−1) resulted in more efficacious and persistent rice pest controls than not only a doubled spray of either CPT-Na or BT-Na, but also a recommended spray of imidacloprid against N. lugens or fipronil against C. suppressalis. All together, the mixture is a promising botanical insecticide for effective management of different rice insect pests.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Pest Science
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    ABSTRACT: As a fly tracking the availability of fruits along climatic gradients, Drosophila suzukii is deemed to be rather flexible in relation to environmental factors, among which temperature is a major player. We sampled potential wild host fruits of D. suzukii along two elevational gradients in mountain areas of north-eastern Italy, in order to measure fly performance in relation to temperature. In addition, we used a strong natural temperature gradient in an open-top cave, covering the lower range of temperatures known for D. suzukii, to deploy laboratory stock colonies to mimic conditions existing along elevational gradients. At least nine wild host species yielded adults of D. suzukii in the mountain area (Daphne mezereum, Lonicera alpigena, Lonicera caerulea, Lonicera nigra, Lonicera xylosteum, Rubus caesius, Rubus saxatilis, Sambucus nigra, and Sambucus racemosa) when the daily average temperature in the three preceding weeks was at least 11.1 °C. Similar results were obtained with the laboratory colonies reared on an artificial medium in the cave, where oviposition and development from egg to adult occurred at above 11.6 °C. Both values are lower than previously recorded lower thresholds for development at both constant and fluctuating temperatures. These findings indicate that D. suzukii performs well at low temperatures, suggesting that population buildup may occur even under these conditions, with likely consequences on crops and wild host reproduction.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Pest Science
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    ABSTRACT: Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) brown midrib (bmr) mutant lines have reduced levels of lignin, which is a potentially useful trait for bioenergy production, but the effects of this trait on insect and plant pathogen interactions are unknown under field conditions. Field-grown bmr6, bmr12, and wild-type (WT) plants were examined for insect and disease damage. In most cases, observed frequency, population, or leaf area damage caused by insects or pathogens on bmr6 or bmr12 plants were not greater than those observed on WT plants in the field or laboratory assays. European corn borers [Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner)(Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)] often caused lower amounts of leaf damage to bmr6 leaves compared to bmr12 and sometimes WT leaves in the field study. Leaf damage by corn earworms [Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)] and fall armyworms [Spodoptera frugiperda (J.E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)] in laboratory assays was often lower for bmr versus WT leaves. Incidence of disease lesions was significantly higher on bmr6 compared to WT plants for one of three samplings in 2011, but the opposite trend was observed overall in 2012 and no significant differences were noted in 2013. When corn earworms and fall armyworms were fed the excised pith, bmr6 and/or bmr12 pith caused significant morality to one or both insect species in all 3 years. Damage variability between the 3 years may have been due to hotter and drier than normal conditions in 2012. Thus, bmr lines of sorghum suitable for bioenergy production have potential for sustainable production in the field.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Pest Science
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    ABSTRACT: Soil-dwelling plant growth-promoting (PGP) Bacillus lives in intimate associations with plants; some species offer direct benefits via plant growth promotion while others confer protection against various pathogens. However, the roles of PGP Bacillus as elicitors of plant defences against agricultural pests and as a component of integrated pest management systems remain virtually unexplored. The effects of three major ubiquitous gram-positive rhizobacteria; Bacillus cereus, Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus amyloliquefaciens were studied individually and in admixture on (i) calabrese (sprouting broccoli, Brassica oleracea) vegetative and reproductive growth parameters and (ii) the population dynamics of the specialist cosmopolitan pest, cabbage aphid (Brevicoryne brassicae) infestation, and its important natural enemies; the braconid endoparasitoid (Diaeretiella rapae), ladybird beetle (Coccinella septempunctata) and syrphid fly (all species). We found that all Bacillus treatments efficiently suppressed B. brassicae field populations in varying magnitudes. B. cereus and B. subtilis significantly increased the rates of parasitism by D. rapae, however, none of the other treated plants lured natural enemies, which responded in a density-dependent manner. Although the mixed Bacillus treatment significantly reduced root weight ratio, none of the Bacillus spp. treatments produced significant effects on calabrese growth. Taken together, PGP Bacillus may offer multiple plant benefits through suppressed pest infestation and increased percent parasitism in the field, with potential applications in integrated pest management.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Journal of Pest Science