Topical Collection "Insect Symbionts: Evolution and Application"
Microbes are ubiquitous in insects and have important consequences for their host’s nutrition, behavior, and ecology. The consequences of the symbiont–host association encompass a continuum from beneficial effects, providing their hosts essential nutrients or protecting against pathogens and natural enemies to parasitism, influencing the reproduction of their host bacteria and, therefore, are an important factor influencing the ecology and evolution of their insect hosts. Consequently, they represent an important novel tool to control insect pests. This Special Issue will focus on the diversity and consequences of symbionts in various insect species including potential strategies involving their application to combat insect pests. We welcome submissions covering the whole spectrum of insect–symbiont interaction, such as occurrence and diversity of insect symbionts, symbiont-induced host evolution, symbiont evolution within insects, and the usage of symbionts to combat insect pests.
Dr. Hannes Schuler
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 submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the collection 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 2600 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.
- host–microbe interactions
- infection dynamics
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