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Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation
A section of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
The section “Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation” will focus on the diversity of functions (i.e., diversity from a non-taxonomic viewpoint) of insects. Insects are extremely important in the normal functioning of ecosystems, and our knowledge about this is dismally lacking. Most of the richness of global species is made up by insects (esp. beetles, Coleoptera), and the majority of them have not yet been described. This Linnean shortfall is important but not the focus of this section. There are even bigger knowledge gaps about their life history (the so-called Hutchinsonian shortfall), distribution (Wallacean shortfall), and trophic relations (Eltonian shortfall), and our section is devoted to narrowing these knowledge gaps. We welcome articles about all the above aspects of arthropod (not only insect) life history, dynamics of distribution, life history, ecology, and aspects of biodiversity and conservation. Purely taxonomic manuscripts or those dealing with pest management should be directed to the appropriate sections, but studies concerning agricultural environments will be considered if they fall into the above categories.
- dynamics of distribution, esp. invasions;
- interactions of insects with other organisms: predation, parasitism, commensalism, symbiosis;
- the conservation of insects;
- the management of habitats to conserve insects;
- ecosystem services provided by insects.
Topical Advisory Panel
Following special issues within this section are currently open for submissions:
- Ecology and Evolution of Myrmecophilous Associations (Deadline: 25 August 2023)
- Climate Sensitive Ecological and Dynamical Models of Insects (Deadline: 15 October 2023)
- Research in Chemical Ecology of Insects of Significance to Forestry and Agriculture (Deadline: 15 November 2023)
- Arthropod Trophic Associations in Natural, Urban, Agricultural, Aquatic and Forest Ecosystems: Destabilizing Agents (Deadline: 31 December 2023)
Following topical collections within this section are currently open for submissions: