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Special Issue "Cutting-Edge Evolution of Insects: Factors Governing Ecological Divergence of Natural Populations Assessed Using Molecular and Genetic Markers"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2019).
Interests: Dispersal ranges of different aphid species; Clonal fidelity; Generalism vs. specialism; Rapid insect evolution; Local population genetics of geometrid moths; Effects of chromosome telomere lengths on aphid clones; Acto-myosin crossbridge cycle of insect flight muscle; Exploration of effects of parasites on the behaviour of their insect hosts
Interests: evolutionary chemical ecology; sexual selection; sex pheromones; population genetics; speciation
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Natural insect populations are always likely to diverge ecologically under the influences of selection, competition for scarce resources (both intra- and interspecific, including intra- and interclonal in predominantly asexual insects), and genetic drift. This may arise by allopatric, parapatric, or sympatric means. In the case of the last, even though individuals are contiguous within a population, divergence can arise by chromosomal means—for example, complementary and non-complementary regions of the genome where genetic exchange can or cannot occur; fusions and fissions, especially translocations; rearrangements such as inversion polymorphisms brought about by transposon-induced “hot-spots”; mutation of sex determining genes causing asexual populations, as in aphids; possibly mutualistic symbionts leading to unique specialised host insect populations; sexual selection; and polyploidy—to name only the principal mechanisms. There are undoubtedly others, some as-yet unknown. All such mechanisms are liable to produce mutant individuals that can no longer interbreed with the natal population, with divergence perhaps reinforced by chemical means, such as kairomones, pheromones, and cuticular hydrocarbons (CHCs), immune responses, and in some species (e.g., cicadas), auditory mechanisms related directly to behaviour. In the present collection of overview articles, various international experts in the field of molecular ecology and genetics explore how insects have diverged and continue to do so at the molecular-genetic level, sometimes rapidly, to become new ecological entities and thereby new players in the great ongoing panoply of evolution on Earth.
Prof. Hugh Loxdale
Prof. Dr. Astrid Groot
Dr. David G. Biron
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Insects is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.