Special Issue "Ecological and Molecular Interactions between Insects and Fungi"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (12 July 2022) | Viewed by 8031
Interests: bioactive metabolites; drug discovery; endophytes; marine-facultative fungi; Penicillium; plant pathology; biological control of plant diseases; plant microbiomes
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Special Issue in Marine Drugs: Bioactive Compounds from Marine-Derived Aspergillus, Penicillium, Talaromyces and Trichoderma Species
Special Issue in Agriculture: Occurrence and Functions of Endophytic Fungi in Crop Species
Special Issue in Microorganisms: Odi Et Amo: Diversity of Insect–Microbe Interactions, from Antagonism to Mutualism, and Their Manipulation for Pest Control
Fungi and insects share common traits: they both possess chitin-based exteriors, and they both are heterotrophic. Fungi represent a feeding resource for mycophagous insects, while many fungi are entomopathogenic and exploit insects as a nutrient substrate. However, coevolution led to a continuum of relationships between these organisms which, far from being merely antagonistic, also involve mutualism. Indeed, after having been treated independently as pests for a long time, in the past few decades insects and fungi associated with crops have started being considered following the paradigm of the integrated pest management. Not only in view of combining control practices to contrast their noxious effects, but also and particularly in view of exploiting their symbiotic interactions in a way they can be beneficial to plants. Studies displaying how fungi can play a positive role by directly affecting insect pest development or inducing plant resistance and defense reactions have in turn stimulated the awareness that actually their interactions can go beyond these basic effects, and involve more strict developmental relationships which call for further insights. This Special Issue has been conceived to set up a collection of contributions examining the outcome of ecological and molecular interactions between insects and fungi, resulting from observations concerning agroecosystems and forest contexts, and from the analysis of the available literature referring to specific associations.
Dr. Rosario Nicoletti
Dr. Andrea Becchimanzi
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- ecological associations
- gene induction and repression
- insect hormones
- mediator metabolites
- plant growth promotion
- resistance induction