Special Issue "Insect Pathogen Interactions"
A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2021) | Viewed by 6895
2. Faculty of Natural Sciences I, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, Saale, Germany
Interests: evolutionary biology; host–parasite interaction; social evolution; pollination; behavioural ecology; innate immune system; gene expression
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Insects are an extremely diverse class of animals with more than a million species described to date. Many of them have been utilized by humans for different purposes, like silkworms and honeybees, and more recently as a food source. A vast number of species have rather detrimental effects as insects and might function as disease vectors, destructive herbivores, and storage pests, amongst others.
Insects are hosts to a wide range of pathogens, amongst them viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoans, and helminths. Insects have evolved a spectrum of mechanisms to deal with pathogens with external defenses as secretions from a number of glands, internal defenses as the innate immune system, and interactions of symbionts (e.g., Wolbachia) with pathogens reducing the transmission rate of the pathogen, and the diverse community of gut microbiota also shows interactive effects with intestinal pathogens. On the other hand, pathogenic microorganisms have evolved counter-adaptations to evade host responses.
This Special Issue aims at illuminating the range of interactions between insect hosts and their pathogens. We are aiming at highlighting the mechanisms used by the hosts to reduce their load with pathogens, as well as the counter-responses by pathogens to circumvent their detection and removal.PD Dr. H. Michael G. Lattorff
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- Gut microbiome
- Innate immune system
- External immunity
- Immune evasion
- Disease vectors