Special Issue "Facilitation of Invasive Crop Pests via Climate Change: From Evidence to Mechanisms"
A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2024 | Viewed by 3563
Interests: insect adaptation to climate change; behavioral thermoregulation; microclimate and climatic refugia use; buffering mechanisms to climate warming
Interests: climate change ecology; thermal biology; modeling of population dynamics; pest management
Globally, climate change and biological invasion are two major challenges, responsible for substantial economic costs and severe ecological consequences worldwide. Insects are the most destructive and costliest invaders among the taxonomic groups. The invasive pest insects are damaging all kinds of crops worldwide, including but not limited to, arable, vegetable, fruit, vine crops. Most invasive insects are major crop pests which have become a huge potential threat to global food security in the context of the increasing global population. More importantly, climate change can promote biological invasion directly by eliminating or reducing abiotic constraints and/or indirectly by altering biotic interactions profiting invasive species, and thus accelerating the establishment and dispersion of invasive crop pests. The mechanisms underlying the success of the invasiveness of invasive crop pests may include increased basal stress (cold, heat, desiccation, starvation, etc.) tolerance and higher phenotypic plasticity in terms of stress tolerance, phenology, behavior and reproductive strategy. Rapid adaptation to environmental change, broader niche breadth—such as the use of diverse host plants—and increased dispersal ability can also facilitate their invasiveness.
The goal of this Special Issue is to complement our knowledge on and deepen our understanding of the facilitation of invasive crop pests via climate change. All studies concerning this special topic from the molecular biology level to the macroscale ecology level will be valuable for understanding how climate change will facilitate the invasiveness of crop insect pests.
This Special Issue will include reviews and research articles focusing on the topic “Facilitation of Invasive Crop Pests via Climate Change: From Evidence to Mechanisms". Please submit an abstract to me prior to submission to confirm that your work falls within the scope of this Special Issue. I look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Gang Ma
Dr. Chun-Sen Ma
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- climate warming
- biological invasion
- phenotypic plasticity
- local adaptation
- rapid evolution
- basal stress tolerance
- niche breadth