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  • The initial submission of this article was received on May 23rd, 2017 and was peer-reviewed by 2 reviewers and the Academic Editor.
  • The Academic Editor made their initial decision on July 7th, 2017.
  • The first revision was submitted on August 8th, 2017 and was reviewed by the Academic Editor.
  • The article was Accepted by the Academic Editor on August 9th, 2017.

Version 0.2 (accepted)

· Aug 9, 2017 · Academic Editor


The revisions are adequate and the paper is now accepted for publication

Version 0.1 (original submission)

· Jul 7, 2017 · Academic Editor

Minor Revisions

This article is a re-submission of a previously submitted manuscript. Reviewer 2 was a reviewer on that prior submission.

As you can see from the reviews, the article requires only a few more minor revisions.


Basic reporting

Comments about article in title: Remote sensing and spatial statistical techniques for modeling Ommatissus lybicus ( Hemiptera: Tropeduchidae) habitat and population densities. PerrJ- Reviewing 17719-v0(1).

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9 70 Add Ref.
11 99 Km2 change to Km2
11 111 22,230 Km2 change to 22,230 Km2
11 113 728.2 Km2 change to 728.2 Km2
13 133 Add Ref about Spatial distribution of Dubas:
" Khalaf, M. Z. and M. W. Khudhair. 2015. Spatial distribution of Dubas Bug, Ommatissus lybicus(Homoptera:Tropiduchidae) in date palm frond rows. International J. of Entomological Research .03(01) 2015: 09-13."
13 139 Add Ref.
14 161-162 Seasonal activities effected by climatic changes
15 178 Add another microbial control in 1-4 Biological control:
"Khudhair, M. W; Alrubeai, H. F and Khalaf, M. Z. 2016. Innovative method to control Dubas Bug, Ommatissus lybicus (Deberg) ( Homoptera: Tropiduchidae) in date palm orchards using endophytic Beauveria bassiana isolates. J of Agricultural Science & Technology A6:394-402.
15 182-190 Insert Several insecticide in table content columns:
Insecticide brand name – Company- Active ingredients- Chemical sup group
22 352 Ref. (Leckie et al) add year publishing 2004
44 790-791 Ref. ( Munar-Vivas et al) add year publishing 2010
44 794 Ref. ( Coops et al) add year publishing 2006
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52 992 Add Ref. pages 28:24-?????
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59 1339 Ofinsect change to of insect
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Prof. Mohammed Zaidan Khalaf
Entomologist, Expert in IPM, Chief Scientific Researchers
IPM Center, Directorate of Agricultural Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Baghdad, Iraq
1 July 2017

Experimental design

Good attached report

Validity of the findings

Good, in attached report


Basic reporting

This is the second revision of this manuscript.

English language is clear and professional.

The references are adequate and relevant, the issues related to bibliography raised in the first review have been all addressed by the authors.

The article, which is over 60 pages long is articulated in the usual section and also according to the methods reviewed and it now has a study area section with a distribution map of the pest. My opinion is that the article is still too long and not very well balanced among the sections.
The list of abbreviations is complete and useful.

The review of satellite types and resolutions can be shortened. Also geostatistical methods are known to most readers and can be described in less detail.

The manuscript should be put in a more concise form before publication.

Experimental design

Raw data is not available, but being a review, it makes sense like this.

Validity of the findings

The main objective of this paper is to review remote sensing and geographical information analytical techniques that can be
applied in mapping and modelling the habitat and population density of O. lybicus in Oman.

The Proof-of-concept Cases section and the conclusions now provide information about the sensors, techniques and spatial resolutions that could be best suited to address the problem of this pest of the palm plantations. This is a major improvement.

Being a review, the authors refer to published data and did not provide raw data or scripts to reproduce the work.

Additional comments

I was about to reject the manuscript without reading it, because you stated in the message to the editor that "The only change we have made is to the title." I then discovered, with the help of the Associate editor, that instead you carefully addressed the comments of both reviewers.

I suggest to pay more attention to such claims in the future.

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