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28 June 2021 A Special Collection: Drones to Improve Insect Pest Management
Nathan Moses-Gonzales, Michael J. Brewer
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The Special Collection Drones to Improve Insect Pest Management presents research and development of unmanned (or uncrewed) aircraft system (UAS, or drone) technology to improve insect pest management. The articles bridge from more foundational studies (i.e., evaluating and refining abilities of drones to detect pest concerns or deliver pest management materials) to application-oriented case studies (i.e., evaluating opportunities and challenges of drone use in pest management systems). The collection is composed of a combination of articles presenting information first-time published, and a selection of articles previously published in Journal of Economic Entomology (JEE). Articles in the Collection, as well as selected citations of articles in other publications, reflect the increase in entomology research using drones that has been stimulated by advancement in drone structural and software engineering such as autonomous flight guidance; in- and post-flight data storage and processing; and companion advances in spatial data management and analyses including machine learning and data visualization. The Collection is also intended to stimulate discussion on the role of JEE as a publication venue for future articles on drones as well as other cybernectic-physical systems, big data analyses, and deep learning processes. While these technologies have their genesis in fields arguably afar from the discipline of entomology, we propose that interdisciplinary collaboration is the pathway for applications research and technology transfer leading to an acceleration of research and development of these technologies to improve pest management.

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Nathan Moses-Gonzales and Michael J. Brewer "A Special Collection: Drones to Improve Insect Pest Management," Journal of Economic Entomology 114(5), 1853-1856, (28 June 2021).
Received: 19 March 2021; Accepted: 8 April 2021; Published: 28 June 2021

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