Recent advances in agroecological research for increasing scope of areawide pest management of arthropods in cropping systems. Academic Article uri icon


  • We propose that a growing research base considering pest management as an ecosystem service can be leveraged to expand areawide pest management (AWPM) to an agroecological-oriented framework when addressing pest arthropods in cropping systems. This AWPM framework centers on the innate capacity of the agroecosystem to suppress pests and is supported with strategic insertion of AWPM tactics. Recent studies on agroecological pest management are valuable to identify AWPM candidates. The estimation and predictability of AWPM outcomes may be improved by measuring effects of interactions of pest and pest suppression agents, and mediating factors such as landscape and weather. This knowledge helps formulate selection and strategic insertion of AWPM tactics into the system to support innate pest suppression. Advances in biotechnology and agricultural engineering have increased effectiveness of AWPM tactics, further improving positive AWPM outcomes. Furthermore, multifunctional agricultural, environmental, and economic benefits may be seen when adopting this framework.

published proceedings

  • Curr Opin Insect Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Brewer, M. J., & Elliott, N. C.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Brewer, Michael J||Elliott, Norman C

publication date

  • April 2023