Special Issue "Insect Genomics"

A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Molecular Biology and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 27 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Monica Poelchau
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Chief Guest Editor
USDA-ARS National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705, USA
Interests: genomics; arthropods; databases; data standards
Dr. Surya Saha
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Guest Editor
Boyce Thompson Institute, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA; School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
Interests: vector biology; comparative genomics; bioinformatics; genome assembly; annotation; proteomics; metagenomics; microbiome; transcriptomics and databases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advances in genome sequencing have made scientific infrastructure previously reserved for model organisms available to the broader entomology community. Large-scale coordinated sequencing projects, such as the i5k pilot project, have increased the taxonomic breadth of insect draft genomes, and newer initiatives under the Earth BioGenome Project, such as Ag100Pest and Darwin Tree of Life, promise reference-quality genomes at an unprecedented scale. Rapid improvements in long-read sequencing technology, assembly methods and genome annotation in addition to new databases have improved accessibility. This special issue on insect genomics will highlight how whole genome assemblies and transcriptomes increase our understanding of the biology, physiology and behavior of this most diverse class of animals.

Dr. Monica Poelchau
Dr. Surya Saha
Guest Editors

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.

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Keywords

  • genomics
  • genome sequencing
  • genome assembly
  • genome annotation
  • genome databases

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Aquatic Insects Are Dramatically Underrepresented in Genomic Research
Insects 2020, 11(9), 601; https://doi.org/10.3390/insects11090601 - 05 Sep 2020
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Aquatic insects comprise 10% of all insect diversity, can be found on every continent except Antarctica, and are key components of freshwater ecosystems. However, aquatic insect genome biology lags dramatically behind that of terrestrial insects. If genomic effort was spread evenly, one aquatic [...] Read more.
Aquatic insects comprise 10% of all insect diversity, can be found on every continent except Antarctica, and are key components of freshwater ecosystems. However, aquatic insect genome biology lags dramatically behind that of terrestrial insects. If genomic effort was spread evenly, one aquatic insect genome would be sequenced for every ~9 terrestrial insect genomes. Instead, ~24 terrestrial insect genomes have been sequenced for every aquatic insect genome. This discrepancy is even more dramatic if the quality of genomic resources is considered; for instance, while no aquatic insect genome has been assembled to the chromosome level, 29 terrestrial insect genomes spanning four orders have. We argue that a lack of aquatic insect genomes is not due to any underlying difficulty (e.g., small body sizes or unusually large genomes), yet it is severely hampering aquatic insect research at both fundamental and applied scales. By expanding the availability of aquatic insect genomes, we will gain key insight into insect diversification and empower future research for a globally important taxonomic group. Full article
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