Scientific article

Pest management under climate change: The importance of understanding tritrophic relations

Published inScience of the Total Environment, vol. 616-617, p. 397-407
Publication date2018

Plants and insects depend on climatic factors (temperature, solar radiation, precipitations, relative humidity and CO2) for their development. Current knowledge suggests that climate change can alter plants and insects devel- opment and affect their interactions. Shifts in tritrophic relations are of particular concern for Integrated Pest Management (IPM), because responses at the highest trophic level (natural enemies) are highly sensitive to warmer temperature. It is expected that natural enemies could benefit from better conditions for their develop- ment in northern latitudes and IPM could be facilitated by a longer period of overlap. This may not be the case in southern latitudes, where climate could become too warm. Adapting IPM to future climatic conditions requires therefore understanding of changes that occur at the various levels and their linkages. The aim of this review is to assess the current state of knowledge and highlights the gaps in the existing literature concerning how climate change can affect tritrophic relations. Because of the economic importance of wine production, the interactions between grapevine, Vitis vinifera (1st), Lobesia botrana (2nd) and Trichogramma spp., (3rd), an egg parasitoid of Lobesia botrana, are considered as a case study for addressing specific issues. In addition, we discuss models that could be applied in order quantify alterations in the synchrony or asynchrony patterns but also the shifts in the timing and spatial distribution of hosts, pests and their natural enemies.

  • Synchrony
  • Climate change
  • Phenological models
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Biological control
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CASTEX, Victorine et al. Pest management under climate change: The importance of understanding tritrophic relations. In: Science of the Total Environment, 2018, vol. 616-617, p. 397–407. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.11.027
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