Special Issue "Vertically Transmitted Microbes That Manipulate Reproduction of Hosts"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 August 2023) | Viewed by 130

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Owashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
Interests: endosymbionts; insects; reproduction; sex determination
CNRS UMR 6556 Ecologie, Evolution, Symbiose, Université de Poitiers, Poitiers, France
Interests: sex determination and differentiation; endosymbionts; crustaceans; sex hormones; reproductive neuropeptides

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The reproduction of eukaryotes can be affected by various kinds of cytoplasmic elements such as bacteria, protists, viruses, and organelles. Recent studies have shown that some cytoplasmic microbes can tactfully manipulate their hosts to enhance their own transmission. In various arthropod species, for example, some bacterial endosymbionts can manipulate their host reproduction by inducing cytoplasmic incompatibility, feminization, male killing, and parthenogenesis. Moreover, some protists and viruses in the cytoplasm can cause male killing in arthropods. Moreover, in some fungi, sexual reproduction can be hindered by the presence of intracellular bacteria. The details of their mechanisms and origins, however, are not well understood.

This Special Issue aims to provide a platform for researchers working on microbes that manipulate reproduction in various eukaryotes to exchange information and updates, potentially enabling an integrated understanding of sex determination, sex differentiation, sexual/asexual reproduction, reproductive isolation, speciation, cyto-nuclear conflicts, and endosymbiosis.

For this purpose, we cordially invite you to submit research articles, review articles, and short communications related to the any aspect of reproductive manipulators: discoveries and descriptive work on reproductive manipulation by microbes, the identification of causal genes, mechanistic insights, the characterization of new phenotypes, the impacts of microbes on reproductive traits, the evolution of host sex determination or host sex chromosomes, the genomics and phylogenetics of such microbes, the microbiome, microbial ecology, effects on host populations, and applications to pest management or to species of economic interest, among other things.

Dr. Daisuke Kageyama
Prof. Dr. Pierre Grève
Guest Editors

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