Insecticide Resistance: The Genetic Basis and Underlying Mechanisms in Pests

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2024 | Viewed by 59

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Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: insecticide resistance evolution; Cytochrome P450; gene regulation; rice plant hoppers; pest management
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Department of Plant Protection, Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Beijing 100193, China
Interests: insecticide resistance; Cytochrome P450; insect; whitefly; gene regulation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Insecticide resistance poses a formidable challenge to pest management in agriculture and public health. The genetic basis and underlying mechanisms of insecticide resistance have been the focus of extensive research. This phenomenon is primarily attributed to genetic mutations that confer resistance to insecticides, leading to reduced efficacy of pest control measures. Mechanisms such as enhanced detoxification, target site insensitivity, and behavioral adaptations contribute to the development of resistance. Understanding the genetic factors and molecular mechanisms involved in insecticide resistance is crucial for developing sustainable pest management strategies. This Special Issue seeks to provide a comprehensive overview of the genetic basis and underlying mechanisms of insecticide resistance in pests. It aims to encompass a wide range of topics, including but not limited to, the identification of resistance-conferring genetic mutations, elucidation of detoxification pathways, exploration of target site insensitivity, and understanding behavioral adaptations in resistant pest populations. Additionally, contributions encompassing novel insights into resistance evolution will be highlighted. Furthermore, this Special Issue aims to explore innovative strategies and technologies for mitigating insecticide resistance and fostering sustainable pest management practices.

We invite original research articles, reviews, and perspectives that offer significant contributions to understanding the genetic basis and underlying mechanisms of insecticide resistance in pests. Submissions focusing on the molecular characterization of resistance-conferring genes, elucidation of metabolic pathways involved in detoxification, mechanistic studies of target site modifications, and innovative approaches for managing resistance are encouraged. Furthermore, contributions addressing the ecological and evolutionary dimensions of insecticide resistance are highly valued.

Dr. Youhui Gong
Dr. Xin Yang
Guest Editors

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  • genetic mutations
  • resistance evolution
  • molecular mechanisms
  • target insensitivity
  • metabolic resistance
  • phenotype
  • overexpression
  • duplication

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