Special Issue "Insect Pathology"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2013)
Prof. Dr. Drion G. Boucias
Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida, Building 970, Natural Area Dr. (Steinmetz Hall), Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
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Interests: insect pathology; insect disease interactions; microbial metabolites; epizootiology; microbial control; structure-function relationships; symbiont/pathogen interactions
Insect Pathology is a broad topic that encompasses multiple disciplines that covers the biology of microbes that have a detrimental impact on the insect fitness. Over the past decades, progress has been made in elucidating .the mechanisms responsible for the ability of microbes (viruses, bacteria, fungi, protists, algae, nematodes) to infect and replicate within the insect host. Using a combination of histological and molecular approaches specific pathogenic determinants have been identified that dictate the infectivity, virulence, and specificity of various disease-causing agents. Fundamental studies on these insect-associated microbes have provided both products and strategies used in the management of insect pest populations. In this issue a combination of original articles and minireviews, written by insect microbiologists and entomologists, will address the properties that allow entomopathogens to recognize the insect host, to gain ingress through insect defense barriers, to replicate within the host, to egress from the host, and to persist and be transmitted to healthy conspecifics.
Prof. Dr. Drion G. Boucias
Manuscript Submission Information
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- insect pathology
- insect-disease interactions
- pathogenic determinants
- insecticidal toxins
- insect defenses