Special Issue "RNAi in Insect Pest Control"
A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2019).
Due to the increasing occurrence of resistance against the currently used insect pest control products for crop protection and, also, environmental concerns, the search for more environmentally friendly pest management products with novel modes of action is ongoing.
RNA interference (RNAi) is a natural gene-silencing mechanism triggered by double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) homologous to the target gene and can be exploited for the management of insect pests. While the first products, targeting RNAi-sensitive beetle species, are coming to the market soon, physiological and cellular barriers in many other insects have proven to be a barrier towards achieving strong enough RNAi gene silencing through oral uptake of dsRNA. This Special Issue will report on the recent advances in insect RNAi and RNAi-based insecticides, novel delivery methods for dsRNA, target gene selection studies, as well as research investigating the environmental safety aspects of this novel pest control strategy.
Dr. Olivier Christiaens
Prof. Dr. Jinzhi Niu
Dr. Clauvis Nji Tizi Taning
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.
- RNA interference
- crop protection
- dsRNA delivery
- RNAi biosafety