Special Issue "Insect Parasites: A Focus on Wasps and Nematodes"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.
Interests: Insect Immunity, Innate Immunity, Parasitology, nematodes, host-parasite interaction
Interests: Insect Immunity; molecular bases of host-parasitoid interaction; Molecular Bases of insect olfactive perception; bioconversion processes by Hermetia illucens; insects as source of Antimicrobial Peptides
Various organisms are used to control harmful insects with the aim of avoiding or reducing the use of pesticides. Among them, parasitic wasps and entomopathogenic nematodes are the most widely used and efficient. These species share common strategies to assure the development of the offspring inside the insect body, although they differ either in the way they enter the body of the host or in the immunoevasive and immunodepressive strategies adopted to neutralize the insect immune response. Both of these organisms have evolved complex mechanisms to elude and neutralize host immunocompetent cells and the humoral defence system. Nematodes use both body surface components and secretions, supported by secretions and components of the bacterial wall of the symbionts. The synergistic action of the nematode and its symbionts induces an immunodepression that culminates in the death of the host. The host corpse is then used to feed the offspring of the nematodes. Parasitoid wasps do not penetrate the target insect but lay their eggs inside (endoparasitoids) or outside (ectoparasitoids) the host's body. Both ecto- and endoparasitoids inject secretions of maternal origin responsible for host physiology alterations in the host body, ensuring parasitization success. In this Special Issue, we aim to collect papers outlining approaches used by wasps or nematodes to efficiently parasitize their target insects, including those that are similar and those that are not.
Prof. Maurizio Francesco Brivio
Prof. Patrizia Falabella
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- insect immunity