Special Issue "Insecticidal Toxins"

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A special issue of Toxins (ISSN 2072-6651).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Schwartz
Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, and Membrane Protein, Research Group (GÉPROM), Université de Montréal, C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville, Montreal (Quebec), H3C 3J7, Canada
E-Mail: jean-louis.schwartz@umontreal.ca
Interests: pore-forming toxins; biological control; cellular and molecular mode of action of insecticidal bacterial and plant toxins

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Laurence Després
Genetic Basis of Adaptation Group (GBA), Alpine Ecology Laboratory (LECA), UMR CNRS 5553, Université J. Fourier, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 9, Francef
E-Mail: laurence.despres@ujf-grenoble.fr
Interests: population genetics; environmental biology; host-parasite coevolutionary processes; diptera resistance to bioinsecticides

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Célia Carlini
Department of Biophysics and Centre of Biotechnology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Gonçalves 9500, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
E-Mail: ccarlini@ufrgs.br
Interests: toxic proteins and peptides; including insecticidal and antifungal proteins; lectins; proteinases and proteinase inhibitors; phospholipases; neurotoxins; toxins affecting blood coagulation; platelets; pro-inflammatory cells

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Agricultural and forestry crops continue to be significantly afflicted by insect pests, and insects, as disease vectors, remain a considerable threat to human and animal health worldwide. Furthermore, the landscape of pest control is shifting, with increasing concerns about sustainability of natural resources, climate change and pests and disease redistribution on the planet. Most pest control strategies rely on the use of chemical pesticides, with the inevitable onset of resistance and detrimental effects on biodiversity, on the environment and on public health. Biological alternatives ranging from classical biocontrol to the use of biological insecticides have been available for many years, but despite their well documented advantages over chemicals in terms of resistance development and respect of health and the environment, they still represent only a small fraction of the overall pest control effort, because of higher cost, higher labour intensiveness, lesser immediate efficiency and a rather slowly developing public awareness and demand. This special issue on Insecticidal Toxins intends to provide an overview on current progress made in the research and development of biologically based insecticides derived from bacteria, fungi, plants and arthropods. The biological aspects and issues will be addressed at the molecular, the cellular and the population levels. More specifically, it is expected that this issue of Toxins will constitute an update on topics like host biology, mode of action of insecticidal toxins, synergisms, cell responses to toxin aggression, host resistance, interguild interactions, environmental persistence, effects on non-target organisms, transgenic constructs, impact on human health, etc. Furthermore, the use of biological toxins as templates for synthetic insecticides will also be considered. Finally, the economic and social impact of the use of insecticidal toxins will be covered, e.g. public good vs. commercial approaches, regulatory policies, risk assessment, evaluation and communication, and users’ and public attitudes.

Prof. Dr. Jean-Louis Schwartz
Prof. Dr. Laurence Després
Prof. Dr. Célia Carlini
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • arthropod
  • bacterial toxin
  • biodiversity
  • biological control
  • biopesticide
  • detoxification
  • disease vector
  • economics
  • entomopathogen
  • environment
  • ethics
  • genetically modified organism
  • insect pest
  • microbial pesticide
  • mite
  • mode of action
  • nematode
  • plant toxin
  • protease
  • public health
  • public perception
  • regulation
  • resistance
  • risk
  • scorpion
  • specificity
  • spider
  • sustainability
  • synergism
  • transgenic organism
  • transgenic plant
  • venom

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p. 1323-1342
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Toxins 2012, 4(11), 1323-1342; doi:10.3390/toxins4111323
Received: 26 September 2012; in revised form: 6 November 2012 / Accepted: 6 November 2012 / Published: 15 November 2012
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p. 810-835
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Toxins 2012, 4(10), 810-835; doi:10.3390/toxins4100810
Received: 6 June 2012; in revised form: 21 September 2012 / Accepted: 8 October 2012 / Published: 18 October 2012
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p. 455-475
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Toxins 2012, 4(6), 455-475; doi:10.3390/toxins4060455
Received: 8 March 2012; in revised form: 1 June 2012 / Accepted: 5 June 2012 / Published: 12 June 2012
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p. 405-429
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Toxins 2012, 4(6), 405-429; doi:10.3390/toxins4060405
Received: 8 April 2012; in revised form: 16 May 2012 / Accepted: 25 May 2012 / Published: 4 June 2012
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p. 373-389
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Toxins 2012, 4(5), 373-389; doi:10.3390/toxins4050373
Received: 22 March 2012; in revised form: 16 May 2012 / Accepted: 16 May 2012 / Published: 24 May 2012
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p. 228-243
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Toxins 2012, 4(4), 228-243; doi:10.3390/toxins4040228
Received: 9 March 2012; in revised form: 21 March 2012 / Accepted: 26 March 2012 / Published: 10 April 2012
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p. 191-227
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Toxins 2012, 4(3), 191-227; doi:10.3390/toxins4030191
Received: 31 January 2012; in revised form: 7 March 2012 / Accepted: 15 March 2012 / Published: 22 March 2012
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Toxins 2012, 4(2), 139-156; doi:10.3390/toxins4020139
Received: 22 November 2011; in revised form: 25 January 2012 / Accepted: 31 January 2012 / Published: 15 February 2012
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p. 55-67
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Toxins 2012, 4(2), 55-67; doi:10.3390/toxins4020055
Received: 1 December 2011; in revised form: 5 January 2012 / Accepted: 11 January 2012 / Published: 1 February 2012
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p. 1502-1517
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Toxins 2011, 3(12), 1502-1517; doi:10.3390/toxins3121502
Received: 23 September 2011; in revised form: 24 November 2011 / Accepted: 30 November 2011 / Published: 8 December 2011
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