Special Issue "Pheromones and Insect Behaviour"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)
Prof. Dr. Joachim Ruther
Institute for Zoology, University of Regensburg, Universitätsstraße 31, 93053 Regensburg, Germany
Interests: chemical ecology of insects; semiochemicals; pheromones; sexual communication; insect behavior; parasitic wasps; pheromone evolution; insect-plant interactions
The chemical sense is of crucial importance for insects to navigate within their often complex habitats. For chemical information transfer between conspecifics, insects use pheromones, semiochemicals that have been shown to mediate sexual and social communication of innumerable species. Thereby, pheromones contribute to the successful reproduction of insects and help to maintain the integrity of insect communities. Insect pheromone research is one of the basic columns of the interdisciplinary research field of Chemical Ecology bringing together the expertise of chemists, ecologists, behavioral biologists, neurobiologists and increasingly also molecular biologists. Since the identification of the silkmoth pheromone by Butenandt and co-workers in 1959, tremendous advances in analytical chemistry allowed the characterization of hundreds of bioactive molecules many of which have become part of environmentally sound control methods for insect pests. Significant progress has also been made in our understanding of the biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying pheromone biosynthesis and perception. This knowledge is increasingly used to answer ultimate questions concerning the evolution of communication systems and the involvement of chemical signals in sexual selection and other evolutionary processes. For this special issue we invite the submission of high quality original research papers and mini-reviews covering all aspects of insect pheromone chemistry and pheromone mediated insect behavior.
Prof. Dr. Joachim Ruther
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. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as 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 refereed through a 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 quarterly journal published by MDPI.
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- identification of insect pheromones
- biosynthesis of insect pheromones
- perception of insect pheromones
- evolution of insect pheromones
- mate finding and recognition
- courtship behavior
- social communication
- nestmate recognition
- insect pheromones and chemical mimicry