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Insects and Their Derivatives for Human Practical Uses 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7876 | Submission Open
Keywords: amino acids; bioactivities; chitin; fatty acids; insect use; insect culture; legal status; nutritive value; probiotic
Insect Rearing: Reserve Forces with Commercial and Ecological Values submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 5448 | Submission Open
Keywords: chitin; antimicrobial peptides; fatty acids; enzymes; frass; rearing substrate; diseases; immune system; bioactivities
Plant Manipulation by Insects: Galls, Green Islands, and More submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5353 | Submission Open
Keywords: modulation of plant defense by insects; secreted effectors; phytohormones; effector proteins; microbial symbionts; mobilizing sinks
Tortricid Moths (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae): Biology, Ecology and Integrated Pest Management
edited by Zhen Li
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4705 | Submission Open
Keywords: Tortricid moths; monitoring and broadcasting; biological characteristic; ecological adaptability; integrated pest management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Flies of Veterinary Importance: Biology, Ecology and Control submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2861 | Submission Open
Keywords: biting fly and host interactions; improved attractants; dispersal; biting fly and pathogen relationships; management of immature populations; damage thresholds in domestic animals; biting fly physiology and genetics
Plant–Insect Vector–Pathogen Interactions
edited by and Clara Lago
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 328 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant defence; insect feeding behaviour and plant responses; plant pathogen transmission; impact of climate change on vector borne diseases; insect feeding behaviour and transmission of plant pathogens; impact of diseases on crop yield
Insect Pollinators and Pollination Service Provision
edited by and Willem De Lange
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 171 | Submission Open
Keywords: crop pollination; honeybee; native pollinators; agricultural production; landscape context
Arthropod Education 2nd Edition
edited by Eileen Hebet and
submission deadline 1 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 332 | Submission Open
Keywords: arthropod education; entomology education; science education; arachnid education; STEM education; science literacy; insect education
Thermal Tolerance of Blood-Sucking Arthropods submission deadline 28 Aug 2024 | Viewed by 244 | Submission Open
Keywords: thermal stress; thermal tolerance; hematophagous; climate change; biological invasions; thermal biology; disease vectors
Recent Advances in Migrant Insect Pests
edited by
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4784 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect migration; flight; reproduction; overwintering; diapause; density-dependent immunity; trajectory analysis; monitoring; management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Chemical and Non-chemical Control in Stored Product Protection: Modern Methods for Old Problems submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2846 | Submission Open
Keywords: chemical and non-chemical control; durable commodities; food security; integrated pest management; post-harvest insect infestations; stored-product insects
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
The Close Enemy: Urban Integrated Pest Management
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Aug 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2014 | Submission Open
Keywords: ants; cockroaches; termites; bed bugs; nuisance pests
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Toxicology and Molecular Physiology of Social Insects
edited by
submission deadline 1 Sep 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4544 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect toxicology; insecticide resistance; pest control; non-target biosafety; molecular toxicology; toxicological mechanism; new pesticide formulation; nanotoxicology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development)
Challenges and Future Trends of RNA Interference in Insects
edited by Honglin Feng
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7701 | Submission Open
Keywords: RNA interference; insects; pest management; RNAi delivery; RNAi safety
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics)
New Formulations of Natural Substances against Insect Pests
edited by and Priscilla Farina
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7608 | Submission Open
Keywords: essential oils; natural substances; botanicals; insecticide; repellent; chitosan; sonication; encapsulation; formulation; stabilization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Pollinator Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6614 | Submission Open
Keywords: pollination; pollinators; biodiversity; insect– flower interaction; Diptera; wild bees; ecosystem; landscape; climate change
Advances in Chemical Ecology of Plant–Insect Interactions submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 3473 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect olfaction; insect– plant interactions; semiochemicals; pheromones; kairomones; allomones; electroantennography; olfactometry; biopesticides; trapping; population dynamics; pest damages; organic farming; integrated pest manage
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Diversity and Function of Collembola
edited by Liang Chang and Meixiang Gao
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1334 | Submission Open
Keywords: Collembola; global change; diversity; function; land-use type; pattern; dynamics; maintenance; conservation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation)
Biology, Physiological Ecology and Management of Invasive Ants
edited by Hironori Sakamoto
submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1218 | Submission Open
Keywords: eradication; insecticide; social insect; behavior; Formicidae
Ecology and Evolution of Myrmecophilous Associations submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 725 | Submission Open
Keywords: myrmecophily; ants; social parasitism; mutualism; trophobiosis; host manipulation; mimicry; arthropods; plants; fungi
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation)
Infectious Diseases in Beneficial Insects: Current Status of Pébrine and Nosema Diseases and Their Progression (2nd Edition) submission deadline 30 Sep 2024 | Viewed by 277 | Submission Open
Keywords: beneficial insects; silkworm; bee; microsporidia; pé brine; microsporidiosis; nosemosis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Behavior and Pathology)
Ecologically Important Symbioses in Insects
edited by
submission deadline 30 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 192 | Submission Open
Keywords: symbiosis; endosymbiosis; heritable symbiosis; host-microbe; microbiome; host-parasitoid; insect-plant; symbiont functions; symbiont mechanisms; symbiont transmission; aphids; horizontal gene transfer; ecological symbioses; Wolbachia; Spiroplasma; climate change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development)
How the Detoxification Genes Increase Insect Resistance
edited by and Minghui Jin
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4660 | Submission Open
Keywords: detoxification genes; insects resistance; gene regulation; pesticides; Bt toxins; host plants
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics)
Genetics and Evolution of Ladybird Beetles in Biological Control
edited by and Hao-Sen Li
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1329 | Submission Open
Keywords: ladybird beetles; biological control; evolution; population genetics; selective breeding; predator– prey interaction
Natural Metabolites as Biocontrol Agents of Insect Pests submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1138 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural metabolites; botanical insecticides; insect attractants; insect repellents; secondary metabolites; microbial toxins
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Insect Pests Management: Securing Food Security, Human Health, and Natural Resources
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 780 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect detection; identification; monitoring; AI; invasive pests; pest geographical modeling; food production systems; forests; landscape; training; IPM
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Advances in Research on Parasitoids for Biological Control of Agricultural Pests
edited by and Fernanda Cingolani
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 290 | Submission Open
Keywords: augmentative biological control; conservation biological control; classical biological control; parasitoids; Diptera; Hymenoptera; agriculture; sustainability; bioinputs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Recent Advances in the Understanding of Molecular Mechanisms of Resistance in Lepidopteran Pests: 2nd Edition
edited by and
submission deadline 1 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1694 | Submission Open
Keywords: lepidopteran; insecticide resistance; B.t. resistance; mechanisms of resistance; resistance management; detoxification enzymes; insecticide target
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics)
Breakthrough Technologies for Future Entomology
edited by and Lloyd T. (Ted) Wilson
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 13444 | Submission Open
The Impact of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Non-target Insects and Mites
edited by
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 143 | Submission Open
Keywords: neonicotinoids; insecticide; non-target; environment; beneficials; pollinators
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Chemical Toxicology and Insecticide Resistance on Insect Pests
edited by and George J. Stathas
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6022 | Submission Open
Keywords: insecticides; toxicology; insecticide resistance management; resistance mechanisms; integrated pest management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Research on Insect Interactions with Symbionts and Pathogens
edited by Daniele Bruno and
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 236 | Submission Open
Keywords: insect immunity; insect pathogens; insect symbionts; innate immunity; insect infections
Host Specificity of Parasitoid Wasps and Its Applications in Biological Control
edited by Alessandra Marieli Vacari
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 191 | Submission Open
Keywords: integrated pest management; biological control; chemical ecology; tritrophic interactions; parasitoid– host interaction; mass rearing; parasitoid wasps; field release; biocontrol agents
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Resilient Tree Nut Agroecosystems under Changing Climate
edited by Pascal Aigbedion-Atalor, and Martin Hill
submission deadline 30 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 143 | Submission Open
Keywords: tree nut pests; IPM; climate change; integrated pest management; resilient agroecosystems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Integrated Pest Management in Agricultural Crops and Forest Ecosystems submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 13 articles | Viewed by 28189 | Submission Open
Keywords: field crops; forest ecosystems; alternative pesticides; biological control; pheromone-based systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Sustainable Management of Arthropod Pests in Agroecosystems submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 9 articles | Viewed by 13693 | Submission Open
Keywords: sustainable agriculture; biological control; integrated pest management; biopesticides; plant– insect interactions; semiochemicals; conservation of natural enemies; good agronomic practices; mitigation measures; pesticide side effects
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Aquatic Insects: Diversity, Ecology and Evolution
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 6 articles | Viewed by 9566 | Submission Open
Keywords: aquatic insects; biogeography; climate change; conservation; diversity; ecological traits; freshwater habitats; integrative taxonomy; phenology; species richness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Ecology, Diversity and Conservation)
Diapause Regulation and Biological Control of Natural Enemy Insects
edited by , , and Jincheng Zhou
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5923 | Submission Open
Keywords: biological control; diapause; parasitoid; predators; egg parasitoid; mass production; host suitability; interspecific competition; intra-guild predation; sublethal effect; ecosystem ecology and functional ecology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Biology, Ecology and Management of Mosquitoes Affecting Humans and Animals submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5134 | Submission Open
Keywords: mosquito bio-ecology; competition; mosquito surveillance; mosquito control; insecticides; repellents; insecticide resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical and Livestock Entomology)
New Advances in Insect Chemical Adaptation
edited by , Shuqian Tan and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3687 | Submission Open
Keywords: host– pathogen interactions; insect-mediated plant defense; biological pest control; pesticide resistance; plant secondary metabolites; xenobiotic adaptation; RNAi-based pest control; neurotoxicology; olfaction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Bee Conservation: Behavior, Health and Pollination Ecology
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3228 | Submission Open
Keywords: bees; behavior; health; pollination ecology; wild bees
Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae): Behavior, Ecology and Integrated Management
edited by and Marc De Meyer
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1243 | Submission Open
Keywords: fruit flies; Tephritidae; ecology; pest management; behaviour; fruit and vegetable pests
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Behavior and Pathology)
Control and Surveillance of Mosquitoes to Reduce the Spread of Mosquito-Borne Disease
edited by and Mojca Kristan
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1039 | Submission Open
Keywords: mosquito-borne diseases; medical entomology; vector control; insecticide resistance; surveillance; malaria vector
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical and Livestock Entomology)
Bee Health and Beehive Management in a Changing World
edited by Ethel M. Villalobos and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 121 | Submission Open
Keywords: honeybee health; hive management; bee pests; toxicity; insecticides; insect behavior; insect pest management
Insect Mitogenome, Phylogeny, and Mitochondrial Genome Expression
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 103 | Submission Open
Keywords: mitogenome; gene arrangement; phylogenetic relationship; phylogeny; mitochondrial gene expression; mitochondrial genome expression; molecular evolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics)
Ecology, Behaviour, and Monitoring of Stored Product Insects
edited by and Vimala S. K. Bharathi
submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 41 | Submission Open
Keywords: stored product insect; ecology; population dynamics; movement and flying behaviour; diet preference and development; monitoring and detection; density estimation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Advances in the Health, Behavior, and Physiology of Honeybees and Other Pollinators submission deadline 31 Dec 2024 | Viewed by 37 | Submission Open
Keywords: pollinator health; honeybee behavior; pollinator physiology; environmental stressors; pesticide impact; pathogens and pollinators; habitat loss; climate change effects; conservation strategies; pollinator diversity; pollinator welfare
Biology and Management of Tephritid Fruit Flies
edited by Wee L. Yee
submission deadline 1 Jan 2025 | 1 articles | Viewed by 454 | Submission Open
Keywords: Tephritidae; Ceratitis; Bactrocera; Anastrepha; Rhagoletis; taxonomy; behavior; ecology; control; quarantines
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Pest and Vector Management)
Genetic Regulation of Insect Development and Evolution—Insights from Case Studies
edited by Aleksandar Popadić
submission deadline 1 Jan 2025 | Viewed by 91 | Submission Open
Keywords: insects; developmental genetics; evolution of development; genomics; organogenesis; appendage evolution; pigmentation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics)
Arthropod Reproductive Biology
edited by Lilián E. Canavoso, and
submission deadline 15 Jan 2025 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1866 | Submission Open
Keywords: arthropod; reproductive system; endocrine regulation; mating behaviors; pheromones; oogenesis; gonadotrophic cycle; courtship rituals; offspring
(This special issue belongs to the Section Insect Physiology, Reproduction and Development)
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