Special Issue "Nutritional Ecology of Holometabolous Insects"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Juliano Morimoto
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Guest Editor
School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Ave, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ, UK
Interests: nutrition; life-history; trade-offs; machine learning; foraging; niche theory; ecological specialisation
Dr. Ajay Narendra
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Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, 205 Culloden Rd, Sydney, NSW, 2109, Australia
Interests: navigation; spatial distribution; foraging; trade-offs
Dr. Fleur Ponton
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Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, 205b Culloden Rd, NSW 2109, Australia
Interests: immunity; nutrition; life-history; microbiome; parasites; trade-offs
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Dr. Mathieu Lihoreau
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Research Center on Animal Cognition (CRCA), Center for Integrative Biology (CBI); CNRS, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 31062, France
Interests: cognition; nutrition; social interactions; individual-based models
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Dr. Marius A. Wenzel
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School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Tillydrone Ave, Aberdeen AB24 2TZ, UK
Interests: bioinformatics; functional genomics; genome-wide studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Holometabolous insects, such as ants, bees and wasps, flies, butterflies, and beetles, are the most successful group of animals to have ever lived on this planet. The key to this ecological success is the transition from larval to adult stages with completely different morphologies and behaviours, often accompanied by profound nutritional adaptations. In this Special Issue, our goal is to publish cutting-edge research on holometabolous insects’ nutritional ecology, which includes (but is not limited to) insect foraging and navigation, physiology and immunity, insect-microbiome interactions, parasites and nutritional self-medication, morphological adaptations to food searching/handling, nutritional trade-offs in life-history traits, and diet specialisation. We encourage submissions of studies from any species of holometabolous insects, covering eco-evolutionary processes at the population level, individual behaviour, physiology, as well as molecular aspects of nutritional ecology and adaptations at the level of the (epi) genome, host-symbiont co-adaptations, and metabolomics. We will consider a balanced collection of Reviews, Research and Opinion articles from young and senior scientists in the field. Papers that provide incremental findings in well-established holometabolous groups are unlikely to be considered unless the authors can eloquently explain the significant advances in their approach/method/design that make the paper innovative and interesting to the broad entomological audience. Open access fee discounts may be available on a case-by-case basis.

Dr. Juliano Morimoto
Dr. Ajay Narendra
Dr. Fleur Ponton
Dr. Mathieu Lihoreau
Dr. Marius A. Wenzel
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.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 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.

Keywords

  • Nutritional Ecology
  • Invertebrates
  • Endopterygota
  • Diet breadth
  • Ecological Specialisation
  • Niche theory
  • Extended Synthesis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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