A special issue of the Journal of Pest Science, guest edited by CABI’s Tim Haye and Don Weber from the USDA Agricultural Research Service, brings together the latest knowledge on the brown marmorated stinkbug, Halyomorpha halys.
Originating from eastern Asia, H. halys has emerged as a highly destructive invasive insect pest in North America and Europe. It is now spreading rapidly worldwide, notably through human-mediated activities. Adults and nymphs feed on fruits, buds, leaves and stems of their host plants, which include many economically important field and tree crops, vegetables, ornamentals, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and forest trees. In the Mid-Atlantic region of the USA H. halys has become one of the most significant pests in apple production, causing losses of more than US$37million in 2010.
The special issue, published in September, brings together the latest knowledge on the subject, and includes three review articles which summarise current knowledge on the chemical ecology of H. halys, chemical control options in the US and biological control by native parasitoids and predators.
In addition the journal contains some 23 original research articles by scientists from Europe, China, Australia, New Zealand and North America, which report new insights on topics such as the potential global distribution of H. halys, the bug’s response to semiochemicals and vibrational signals, its interaction with microbial symbionts, behavioral and population response of natural enemies, management using pesticides (including organic materials) as well as trap crops, and the development of action thresholds for pest populations.
“It was a pleasure to edit the journal,” said Tim Haye. “Bringing knowledge from researchers all around the globe together in one place was very rewarding. I hope it will help to advance our understanding of how best to stop the further spread of the brown marmorated stinkbug.”
The journal is available to view at: rd.springer.com/journal/10340/90/4/page/1