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19 October 2022 Introduction to the Collection: Climate Change, Insect Pests, and Beneficial Arthropods in Production Systems
Sanford D. Eigenbrode, Subodh Adhikari, Erica Kistner-Thomas, Lisa Neven
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Climate change is expected to alter pressure from insect pests and the abundance and effectiveness of insect pollinators across diverse agriculture and forestry systems. In response to warming, insects are undergoing or are projected to undergo shifts in their geographic ranges, voltinism, abundance, and phenology. Drivers include direct effects on the focal insects and indirect effects mediated by their interactions with species at higher or lower trophic levels. These climate-driven effects are complex and variable, sometimes increasing pest pressure or reducing pollination and sometimes with opposite effects depending on climatic baseline conditions and the interplay of these drivers. This special collection includes several papers illustrative of these biological effects on pests and pollinators. In addition, in response to or anticipating climate change, producers are modifying production systems by introducing more or different crops into rotations or as cover crops or intercrops or changing crop varieties, with potentially substantial effects on associated insect communities, an aspect of climate change that is relatively understudied. This collection includes several papers illustrating these indirect production system-level effects. Together, biological and management-related effects on insects comprise the necessary scope for anticipating and responding to the effects of climate change on insects in agriculture and forest systems.

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Sanford D. Eigenbrode, Subodh Adhikari, Erica Kistner-Thomas, and Lisa Neven "Introduction to the Collection: Climate Change, Insect Pests, and Beneficial Arthropods in Production Systems," Journal of Economic Entomology 115(5), 1315-1319, (19 October 2022).
Received: 25 June 2022; Accepted: 25 June 2022; Published: 19 October 2022

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