Special Issue "Insect Symbiosis"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ilaria Negri

Department of Sustainable Crop Production, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy
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Interests: insect vectors of plant pathogens and microbial manipulators of insect reproduction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The term symbiosis, which comes from the ancient Greek words “σύν” (with) and “βίος” (life), refers to close and long-term biological interactions between different living entities. Ground-breaking researches on the universality and diversity of symbiont associations are now challenging the life sciences. In particular, the conventional notion of individuality, from the anatomical, developmental, physiological, and evolutionary points of view, is now questioned: Each living entity should no longer be considered as an autonomous entity but rather as a “holobiont” (i.e., the host and its full symbiont population) with a “hologenome” (i.e., the combination of the host genome and the genomes of all its symbiotic organisms).

Insects display a wide range of heritable symbionts that may be obligate or facultative for the host, have an intracellular or extracellular lifestyle, are vertically and/or horizontally transmitted. Most of them (e.g., reproductive manipulators, microbes in the gut and in the bacteriome, etc.) are known to play an essential role in the host ecology, physiology, behavior, and evolution.

In this Diversity Special Issue entitled “Insect Symbiosis”, we encourage researchers to expand the knowledge on insects as micro-ecosystems by submitting works addressing the complex interactions among living organisms (the insect host and its symbionts) and between organisms and the environment in which they live, i.e., the insect as an ecological niche.

Dr. Ilaria Negri
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Insects
  • Symbiont
  • Microbiome
  • Reproductive manipulators
  • Holobiome
  • Hologenome

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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