Impact of climate change on insect pests, pathogens and nematodes



Anthropogenically induced climatic change arising from increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases would likely to have a significant effect on agricultural pests. Changes in climate may trigger changes in geographical distribution, increased overwintering, changes in population growth rates, increases in the number of generations, extension of the development season, changes in crop-pest synchrony, changes in interspecific interactions, pest biotypes, activity and abundance of natural enemies, species extinction, increased risk of invasion by migrant pests and efficacy of crop protection technologies. Global warming will also reduce the effectiveness of host plant resistance, transgenic plants, natural enemies, biopesticides, and synthetic chemicals for pest management. Therefore, there is a need to generate information on the likely effects of climate change on pests to develop robust technologies that will be effective in future under global warming and climate change.


Climate change; insect pests, mites; plant pathogens; nematodes

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