Special Issue "Molecular Gut Content Analysis: Deciphering Trophic Interactions of Insects"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2020).
Interests: plant-insect interactions; invasive species; molecular gut content analysis; insect ecology and evolution; plant responses to herbivory
Interests: plant-insect interactions; plant response to herbivory; Integrated Pest Management; aquatic entomology; biological control
The analysis of gut contents using molecular biology techniques is an exciting process and one of the most accurate ways to confirm the diet composition of many types of consumers. For the study of trophic interactions of insects, the detection of ingested DNA is suitable for identifying the gut contents of insects that feed on plants and animals, as well as identifying the gut contents of vertebrates and invertebrates that feed on insects. Ultimately, molecular biology approaches allow us to broadly identify the role of insects in trophic interactions. This knowledge is critical for understanding species feeding preferences, detecting and predicting novel plant–insect–predator associations, and ultimately deciphering trophic interactions involving insects in natural communities. Knowledge of trophic interactions becomes especially important when the study species are agricultural or forest pests and the information about their trophic interactions has important implications for biological control and other pest management options. Gut content analysis using molecular biology approaches, however, is also a challenging and time-consuming approach because of the potentially low concentration or quick degradation of ingested plant or animal DNA. This Special Issue welcomes recent research on plant and animal DNA detection in the gut contents of insect herbivores and predators, respectively, as well as insect DNA detection in the gut contents of their predators, vertebrate or invertebrate. DNA-based protocols, short experimental reports, and original research articles, as well as review papers that broadly cover issues relating to molecular gut content analysis of various insect species (leaf-chewing insects, sap-feeders, soil-dwelling insects, etc.) and insect predators (both invertebrates and vertebrates) are of interest for this Special Issue. Studies that utilize both basic and advanced molecular biology methods are invited for submission.
Prof. Dr. William Lamp
Dr. Alina Avanesyan
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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 1600 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.
- biological control
- DNA barcoding
- host plant-insect interactions
- molecular gut content analysis
- insect herbivore diet
- insect trophic interactions
- insect predators