Special Issue "Symbiosis: A Source of Evolutionary Innovation in Insects"

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A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Diana Six
Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, College of Forestry&Conservation, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
Website: http://www.cfc.umt.edu/sixlab/Six.html
E-Mail: diana.six@cfc.umt.edu
Phone: +1 406 2435573
Interests: insect-microbe symbioses; mutualism; effects of climate change on symbioses/mutualism; bark beetles; ambrosia beetles; climate change roles on forest die-offs

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Dear Colleagues,

This special issue will explore the importance of symbiosis as a source of evolutionary innovation in insects. Symbioses between insects and microbes are ubiquitous, and in many cases, have resulted in the development of key innovations that have greatly affected the subsequent success of each partner. The striking complementary metabolic capabilities that exist among some insect hosts and their endosymbionts exemplifies how symbiotic interactions can support reciprocal adaptation and phenotypic complexity. Symbiotic interactions can have extraordinary effects on the morphology, behavior and ecology of hosts and symbionts, alike. Symbiosis can also bring about specialization, which in turn, can lead to coevolutionary innovations that support subsequent diversification. While mutualisms are perhaps the best studied category of symbioses in the context of evolutionary innovation, other types of symbiotic interactions can also be significant sources of innovation. For example, Wolbachia, which are typically reproductive parasites, are thought to be major drivers in the evolution of eusociality, sex determination, and speciation in insects. The submission of high quality articles on symbioses involving insects and microbes that have resulted in major or interesting innovations is encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Diana L. Six
Guest Editor

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p. 473-491
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Insects 2012, 3(2), 473-491; doi:10.3390/insects3020473
Received: 28 March 2012; in revised form: 11 April 2012 / Accepted: 17 April 2012 / Published: 7 May 2012
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p. 339-366
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 339-366; doi:10.3390/insects3010339
Received: 16 February 2012; in revised form: 1 March 2012 / Accepted: 15 March 2012 / Published: 22 March 2012
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p. 307-323
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 307-323; doi:10.3390/insects3010307
Received: 5 January 2012; in revised form: 3 March 2012 / Accepted: 7 March 2012 / Published: 16 March 2012
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p. 246-261
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 246-261; doi:10.3390/insects3010246
Received: 29 January 2012; in revised form: 17 February 2012 / Accepted: 21 February 2012 / Published: 29 February 2012
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p. 262-269
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 262-269; doi:10.3390/insects3010262
Received: 29 December 2011; in revised form: 15 February 2012 / Accepted: 20 February 2012 / Published: 29 February 2012
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p. 228-245
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 228-245; doi:10.3390/insects3010228
Received: 14 January 2012; in revised form: 12 February 2012 / Accepted: 13 February 2012 / Published: 17 February 2012
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p. 141-160
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 141-160; doi:10.3390/insects3010141
Received: 21 December 2011; in revised form: 1 February 2012 / Accepted: 8 February 2012 / Published: 10 February 2012
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p. 161-199
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 161-199; doi:10.3390/insects3010161
Received: 25 November 2011; in revised form: 14 January 2012 / Accepted: 2 February 2012 / Published: 10 February 2012
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p. 120-130
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 120-130; doi:10.3390/insects3010120
Received: 13 December 2011; in revised form: 6 January 2012 / Accepted: 11 January 2012 / Published: 2 February 2012
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p. 91-119
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 91-119; doi:10.3390/insects3010091
Received: 22 November 2011; in revised form: 7 January 2012 / Accepted: 16 January 2012 / Published: 31 January 2012
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p. 41-61
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Insects 2012, 3(1), 41-61; doi:10.3390/insects3010041
Received: 3 December 2011; in revised form: 16 December 2011 / Accepted: 20 December 2011 / Published: 6 January 2012
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p. 540-554
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Insects 2011, 2(4), 540-554; doi:10.3390/insects2040540
Received: 28 October 2011; in revised form: 16 November 2011 / Accepted: 25 November 2011 / Published: 9 December 2011
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p. 515-531
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Insects 2011, 2(4), 515-531; doi:10.3390/insects2040515
Received: 21 September 2011; in revised form: 15 November 2011 / Accepted: 17 November 2011 / Published: 30 November 2011
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p. 509-514
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Insects 2011, 2(4), 509-514; doi:10.3390/insects2040509
Received: 18 October 2011; in revised form: 10 November 2011 / Accepted: 15 November 2011 / Published: 25 November 2011
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p. 423-434
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Insects 2011, 2(3), 423-434; doi:10.3390/insects2030423
Received: 3 August 2011; in revised form: 23 August 2011 / Accepted: 7 September 2011 / Published: 16 September 2011
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