Successful pest management is integral to agriculture and sustainable food production. What does the future look like in this field? Some important areas to consider are herbicide discovery, aflatoxin reduction and pesticide resistance.
Epp et al. analyse the discovery of trifluralin and halauxifen-methyl, considering the fifty year difference and extrapolating potential conditions for future herbicide discovery.
As gene silencing does not work well in grains, Gressel et al. explore more realistic approaches to reduce the problem of aflatoxins by preventing Aspergillus infection. These include breeding host plant resistance, chemical and biological control, better drying and Host Induced Gene Silencing.
Jugulam et al. review molecular cytogenetics, with regard to pesticide resistance, considering the potential to uncover mechanism(s) of gene duplication, and illustrate hypothetical models that predict the evolutionary basis of gene duplication
The cover image, by Josemar Foresti et al, is based on the Research Article Economic injury levels and economic thresholds for Leptoglossus zonatus (Dallas) (Hemiptera: Coreidae) infesting seed maize. Photo credit: Josemar Foresti.