Special Issue "Biodiversity of Insect"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2020).
Interests: insect and crustacean physiology; taste and olfaction; transduction mechanisms of chemosensory systems; chemicals of feeding and reproductive significance; electrophysiology; behavior; biodiversity; alien species; pest management
Interests: chemosensory physiology in humans and insects; taste perception; olfactory perception; human inter-individual variability in odor discrimination and identification; diversity in human perception of odor-active compounds; Gas Chromatography-Olfactometry tecnique; human and insects genetic variability in chemosensory perception; insect–host plant interaction; electrophysiological recordings; chemosensory input and behavioral output; chemoperception and food choices; biodiversity
Biodiversity refers to the existence of a wide variety of plant and animal species living in their natural environment. In this respect, insects represent one of the greatest examples of biodiversity in the animal kingdom. This variability is due to the specificity of the genetic, morphological, and functional aspects that the different species evolve in order to adapt to the ecological niches where they live.
Insects are often referred to as familiar pests or disease carriers influencing agriculture, human health, and natural resources. Many insects, however, are beneficial from a human viewpoint; they pollinate plants, produce useful substances, control pest insects, act as scavengers, and serve as food for other animals. Furthermore, given their great biodiversity, insects are valuable objects of study in biology and ecology. In fact, a large amount of scientific knowledge in genetics has been obtained from fruit fly experiments and population biology from flour beetle studies. Insects are often used in investigations of hormonal action, nerve and sense organ functions, and many other physiological processes. Finally, they are also used as environmental quality indicators.
This Special Issue provides a platform to highlight new research and significant advances in understanding the genetic and morpho-functional aspects characterizing the great level of biodiversity in insects.
Dr. Paolo Solari
Dr. Giorgia Sollai
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- Insect biodiversity
- Genetic and morpho-functional diversity
- Ecology and regional diversity
- Economic evaluation
- Evolutionary aspects
- Biodiversity conservation
- Diversity threats