Annals of Applied Biology, AAB March issue features ecological engineering on its cover. The feature is Gurr et al (2011) Parasitoids of Asian rice planthopper (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) pests and prospects for enhancing biological control by ecological engineering. Ann Appl. Biol., 158, 149 – 176. Click here for pdf of the paper. The journal publishes original research papers on all aspects of applied research on crop production, crop protection and the cropping ecosystem. AAB is the 3rd in ranking out of 35 journals in the Agriculture and Multidisciplinary area and its Impact Factor has increased from 1.752 in 2007 to 1.868 for 2008.
The paper reviews the important contributions parasitoids play in providing ecosystem services, such as pest regulation. Planthopper pests of rice are attacked by a large range of parasitoids from Strepsiptera, Diptera and, especially, Hymenoptera. For many taxa, especially within Mymaridae, there is evidence that non-crop habitats are important as overwintering habitat in which alternative hosts are available. These source habitats may promote early season parasitism of pest Hemiptera in rice crops. Non-crop plants can also provide nectar to improve parasitoid longevity and fecundity. Data from China and Vietnam have shown that parasitoids as well as parasitism increased in ecological engineering fields. Details available in https://ricehoppers.net/
Professor Geoff Gurr of Charles Sturt University, Australia, a pioneer of ecological engineering for pest management, has spent his sabbatical leave in China writing a book “Biodiversity and insect Pests: Key Issues for Sustainable Management” and papers on ecological engineering in rice. He is the advisor to the Rice Planthopper project and particularly to the scientists working in the Jin Hua ecological engineering site. He has helped in revising the sampling protocols and providing expert advice on experimentations.
The other authors of the featured paper are J. Liu, D.M.Y. Read, J.L.A. Catindig, J. A. Cheng, L.P. Lan and K.L. Heong.