The Role of Symbiotic and Pathogenic Microbes in Insect-Host Plants Interactions—2nd Edition

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Pest and Disease Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 December 2024 | Viewed by 50

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State Key Laboratory of Biocatalysis and Enzyme Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062, China
Interests: microbial ecology; insect immunity; gut microbiota; multi-tropic interaction; leaf beetles
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State Key Laboratory of Green Pesticide, Key Laboratory of Green Pesticide and Agricultural Bioengineering, Ministry of Education, Center for R&D of Fine Chemicals of Guizhou University, Guiyang 550025, China
Interests: immune; biocontrol; agricultural pest management; plant protection

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State Key Laboratory of Ecological Pest Control for Fujian and Taiwan Crops, Fuzhou 350002, China
Interests: homeostasis and immunity
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Dear Colleagues, 

Plants in agriculture/forestry systems face biotic or abiotic challenges constantly, among which insect pests are by far the most devastating eukaryotic organisms globally for a number of species, in biomass and in damage. Over the last few decades, a series of studies have shown that the success of insect pests has depended in part on their myriad ecological and physiological relationships with their associated microorganisms. On the other hand, numerous studies revealed the detrimental effects of pathogenic microbes on host insects, many of which have the potential to be explored as next-generation control agents against pests to protect plants. These microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, yeasts and fungi, co-exist with insects in their body, thriving in insects’ intestinal tracks, surface, specialized body structures or constantly acquired from their surroundings. Despite tremendous efforts to identify the ecological roles of the microbiota, there are still a number of questions which need to be answered in this research field considering the great abundance and diversity of both pests and microbes. Emerging technologies, including omics, have revolutionized the field of microbial ecology, which is also being developed with the potential to transform our knowledge of multi-trophic interactions among pests, microbes and host plants. This proposed research topic will provide an up-to-date overview of innovative and informative research studies to highlight this emerging theme in the context of interactions among pests, associated microbes and host plants, with a special focus on symbiotic and entomopathogenic microbe-mediated interactions between pests and host plants. To cover this broad thematic field comprehensively, we welcome original research articles, reviews and opinions and commentaries.

Dr. Letian Xu
Dr. Wei Zhang
Dr. Zhanghong Shi
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  • microbiome
  • symbiotic microbe
  • entomopathogen
  • insect pest
  • insect–plant interaction
  • multi-tropic interaction

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