Special Issue "Infectious Diseases in Beneficial Insects: Current Status of Pébrine and Nosema Diseases and Their Progression (Volume II)"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Behavior and Pathology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 105

Special Issue Editors

Department of Zoological Science, College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan
Interests: insect pathology; microsporidia; noctuid; bacteria and fungi entomopathogen
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Institute of Biological Control, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyusyu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Interests: insect pathology; microsporidia; entomopathogenic protozoans; microbial control, insect cell culture
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Beneficial insects have been treated with great care since ancient times because they provide various beneficial substances for humankind. In addition, while the sericulture industry which produces silk is declining due to the emergence of chemical fibers, modern agriculture is no longer possible without the existence of pollinators, such as Early Bumblebees. They suffer from disease, similarly to humans. In particular, silkworm pébrine, a microsporidiosis caused by infection with microsporidia, is considered to be the most serious because of its chronic pathogenicity. The microsporidian parasite is transmitted from the mother moth to the next generation through the eggs, making it difficult to eliminate the disease. Although the pébrine has been prevented using the prophylactic method of mother moth examination, which was invented by Pasteur, the disease has not yet been eradicated. Additionally, honeybee nosemosis (microsporidiosis caused by microsporidia belonging to the genus Nosema) continues to be detected all over the world. Microsporidiosis remains a persistent threat to sericulture and apiculture.

This Special Issue welcomes review and research article papers focusing on the occurrence, distribution, and biological aspects of microsporidiosis in beneficial insects, silkworms, and bees since 2000.

Dr. Yoshinori Hatakeyama
Dr. Chisa Yasunaga-Aoki
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Insects is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • beneficial insects
  • silkworm
  • bee
  • microsporidia
  • pébrine
  • microsporidiosis
  • nosemosis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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