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Entomovectoring for Precision Biocontrol and Enhanced Pollination of Crops

  • Guy Smagghe
  • Otto Boecking
  • Bettina Maccagnani
  • Marika Mänd
  • Peter G. Kevan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Bettina Maccagnani, Eve Veromann, Roberto Ferrari, Luca Boriani, Otto Boecking
    Pages 1-17
  3. Bettina Maccagnani, Fabio Sgolastra
    Pages 63-79
  4. Marika Mänd, Reet Karise, Guy Smagghe
    Pages 81-93
  5. Bettina Maccagnani, Matti Pisman, Guy Smagghe
    Pages 95-122
  6. Juliana Macedo, Blandina Viana, Breno Freitas, Adriana Medeiros, Peter G. Kevan, Carlos H. Vergara
    Pages 165-181
  7. Sreten Terzić, Boško Dedić, Sonja Tančić Živanov, Željko Milovac, Filip Franeta, Miroslav Zorić et al.
    Pages 183-199
  8. Saira Espinosa, Judith Figueroa, Peter G. Kevan, Carlos Baéz, Victor Solarte, Guy Smagghe et al.
    Pages 201-237
  9. Maria I. Pozo, Julien Vendeville, Veerle Mommaerts, Felix Wackers
    Pages 263-277

About this book


This book examines entomovectoring, which employs crop pollinators to spread biocontrol protections against plant pathogens. The book describes research and development of the process, also known as apivectoring and beevectoring, for use both in pollination and in the delivery of biocontrol agents against crop and pollinator diseases, pests, and parasites.

The opening chapters show how design of agrosystems can support the activity of pollinator networks, and describe bee pollination as a natural and cost-free ecological service. Individual chapters cover bumble bees and solitary bees as pollinators.

The book outlines ways that entomovectoring can be used to increase biocomplexity and biodiversity in agriculture. Also included is a chapter on the threat of Drosophila suzukii, an invasive fruit fly that infests ripening fruit, and the prospect of improved control using entomovectoring. Another chapter discusses the prospect of using a species of fungus gnat as a potential vector of microbial control agents, to suppress pathogens that they also spread. A wide variety of crops are covered, including apples, strawberries, coffee, and sunflowers.

The book describes studies on use of entomovectoring in both open fields and greenhouse settings. Another case study reviews the use of a commercial biofungicide via entomovectoring, to combat storage rot diseases in apples. Coverage also includes Flying Doctors, a precision pollination system that uses pre-collected pollen delivered by bumble bees to replace artificial pollination via dusting or phytohormones.

Entomovectoring for Precision Biocontrol and Enhanced Pollination of Crops benefits graduate-level students in agriculture, plant pathology and entomology, as well as academics, researchers, working horticulturists and apiculturists, and those involved in formulating agricultural policy and regulations.


pollinators pollination plant pathogens bee pollination bio control crop protection biofungicide microbial pesticide microbial pesticide agriculture protection

Editors and affiliations

  • Guy Smagghe
    • 1
  • Otto Boecking
    • 2
  • Bettina Maccagnani
    • 3
  • Marika Mänd
    • 4
  • Peter G. Kevan
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Plants and Crops, Faculty of Bioscience EngineeringGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Lower Saxony State Office for Consumer Protection and Food SafetyInstitute for ApicultureCelleGermany
  3. 3.Centro Agricoltura Ambiente “Giorgio Nicoli”CrevalcoreItaly
  4. 4.Institute of Agricultural and Environmental SciencesEstonian University of Life SciencesTartuEstonia
  5. 5.School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada

About the editors

Prof. Guy Smagghe, Ghent University, Department of Crop Protection, Ghent, Belgium

Dr. Otto Boecking, Institut für Bienenkunde Celle, Celle, Germany

Bettina Maccagnani Ph.D., Agriculture and Environment Center, “Giorgio Nicoli”, CREVALCORE, Italy

Marika Mänd, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Department Plant Protection,Tartu, Estonia

Prof. Dr. Peter G. Kevan, University of Guelph, School of Environmental Sciences, 5Guelph, Canada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Entomovectoring for Precision Biocontrol and Enhanced Pollination of Crops
  • Editors Guy Smagghe
    Otto Boecking
    Bettina Maccagnani
    Marika Mänd
    Peter G. Kevan
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-18916-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-18919-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-18917-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 277
  • Number of Illustrations 24 b/w illustrations, 78 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Entomology
    Plant Pathology
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