Special Issue "Sex Determination in Insects and Other Arthropods"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 402

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Eveline C. Verhulst
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, 6708PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: sex determination; sexual differentation; evolutionary developmental biology; biological control; sex-specific behaviour; sex pheromones; sexual dimorphism; parasitoid wasps
Prof. Dr. Richard Cordaux
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Guest Editor
Laboratoire Ecologie et Biologie des Interactions, Université de Poitiers, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 86073 Poitiers, France
Interests: sex determination; sex chromosomes; reproductive parasites; genomic evolution; horizontal gene transfer; endosymbionts; Wolbachia; terrestrial isopods; crustaceans

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sex determination in insects has been studied for decades. In the last couple of years research into insects as well as other arthropods has provided us with a wealth of new insights into the sex determination cascade and the downstream sexual differentiation pathways. In many cases the pathway elements are conserved, but especially the most upstream part of the sex determination cascade is tremendously variable. The initial cues of sex determination in arthropods include (novel) sex-determining genes, environmental factors, social cues and parasite manipulation, among others. This may lead to turn-overs in sex determination systems. To better understand the evolution of sex determining cascades and the downstream pathways in this species-rich phylum, this Special Issue will present the current state of research broadly associated with sex determination, sexual differentiation and sex chromosome evolution in insects and other arthropods. We are inviting research articles, reviews, concept papers, and methodology papers.

Dr. Eveline C. Verhulst
Prof. Dr. Richard Cordaux
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sex determination
  • sexual differentiation
  • sex chromosomes
  • turn-overs
  • molecular mechanisms
  • evolutionary process and patterns
  • doublesex
  • transformer
  • M-factor
  • F-factor

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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