Ecologically Important Symbioses in Insects

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 October 2024 | Viewed by 112

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Interests: symbiosis; host-microbe; host-parasitoid; defensive mutualism; aphids; heritable symbionts; symbiont genomes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Insects perform critical functions in natural and managed terrestrial ecosystems that are often mediated by microorganisms. For example, microbial symbionts influence herbivore interactions with plants by synthesizing limiting nutrients, breaking down difficult-to-digest plant polymers, and detoxifying plant defenses. Symbionts also influence interactions with natural enemies by producing bioactive compounds that disable threats. Thus, ‘hidden’ microbial players can have large effects on insect performance with large implications for food security and natural systems challenged by climate disruption. We are pleased to invite original research papers and review articles focused on ecological symbioses. Suitable topics for this Special Issue include (but are not limited to) research on symbiont-mediated phenotypes, mechanisms underlying symbiont function, symbiont genomics, coordination of host and symbiont functions, symbiont transmission, interactions between insect immunity and symbionts, the population dynamics of ecological symbioses, and the manner in which a changing climate impacts insect–microbe interactions.

Prof. Dr. Kerry M. Oliver
Guest Editor

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  • symbiosis
  • endosymbiosis
  • heritable symbiosis
  • host-microbe
  • microbiome
  • host-parasitoid
  • insect-plant
  • symbiont functions, symbiont mechanisms
  • symbiont transmission
  • aphids
  • horizontal gene transfer
  • ecological symbioses, Wolbachia, Spiroplasma, climate change

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