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Mechanisms of Nutritional Resource Exploitation by Insects

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Plant-Insect-Interactions Group, Technical University of Munich, Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2, 85354 Freising, Germany
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Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA), Center for Integrative Biology (CBI); CNRS, University Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III, 31062 Toulouse, France
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Department of Behavioral Physiology and Sociobiology, Biozentrum, University of Würzburg, Biozentrum, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg, Germany
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Insects 2020, 11(9), 570; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11090570
Received: 12 August 2020 / Accepted: 18 August 2020 / Published: 25 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mechanisms of Nutritional Resource Exploitation by Insects)
Insects have evolved an extraordinary range of nutritional adaptations to exploit other animals, plants, bacteria, fungi and soils as resources in terrestrial and aquatic environments. This special issue provides some new insights into the mechanisms underlying these adaptations. Contributions comprise lab and field studies investigating the chemical, physiological, cognitive and behavioral mechanisms that enable resource exploitation and nutrient intake regulation in insects. The collection of papers highlights the need for more studies on the comparative sensory ecology, underlying nutritional quality assessment, cue perception and decision making to fully understand how insects adjust resource selection and exploitation in response to environmental heterogeneity and variability. View Full-Text
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Leonhardt, S.D.; Lihoreau, M.; Spaethe, J. Mechanisms of Nutritional Resource Exploitation by Insects. Insects 2020, 11, 570.

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