Special Issue "Physical and Chemical Interactions between Insects and Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 20336
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Interests: insect–plant mechanical and chemical interactions; indirect plant defences; constitutive or induced by herbivores; insect electrophysiology; behaviour and chemical ecology of egg-parasitoid; morpho-functional adaptations of insects
Interests: functional morphology of insect attachment devices; insect-plant interactions; insect sensilla; functional morphology of aquatic insects
Interests: biological attachment; functional morphology; biomechanics; biotribology; biomimetics
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Plants and herbivorous insects, as well as their natural enemies, such as predatory and parasitoid insects, are united by intricate relationships. During the long period of co-evolution with insects, plants developed a wide diversity of features to defense against herbivores and to attract pollinators and herbivore natural enemies. The chemical basis of insect-plant interactions is established and many examples are studied, where feeding and oviposition site selection of phytophagous insects are dependent on plant secondary chemistry. Additionally, insect endosymbionts play an important role in the chemical perception, nutrition, metabolism, as well as reproduction of their host, which together determine its survival and fitness on the plant.
However, often overlooked mechanical interactions between insects and plants can be rather crucial. In this context, the evolution of plant surfaces and insect adhesive pads is an interesting example of competition between insect attachment systems and plant anti-attachment surfaces. To achieve sufficient attachment to enable locomotion on widely diverse plant surfaces, insects evolved various types of leg attachment devices enabling them to overcome plant physical defence such as cuticular microfolds, various kinds of trichomes and cristalline wax covered surfaces. Also insect mouthpart mechanics is adapted to certain mechanical properties of the plant surface, which in combination may determine insect-plant interactions.
This Special Issue will focus on the chemical and physical interactions between insects and plants, in order to understand the functional significance of plant chemistry, plant surface structures and their relationships with broad range variety of ecological groups of insects, including pollinators, herbivores and parasitoids. Contributions to all aspects of direct insect–plant interactions and as a multilayered relationship with various micro- and macro-organisms associated either temporally or spatially are welcomed.
Prof. Gianandrea Salerno
Prof. Manuela Rebora
Prof. Stanislav Gorb
Manuscript Submission Information
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