Special Issue "Evolutionary Ecology of Venom"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019.
The molecular biology, evolution, and pathology of venoms have long been fertile areas for research, particularly animal venoms of clinical significance. Some of this work has attempted to interpret biochemical and molecular evolutionary findings in the context of ecology, for instance differences in venom composition being explained by some attributes that differ between species such as diet. However, much rarer is an explicit attempt to study the evolutionary ecology of venom beyond simply using the ecological aspects as an ad hoc and post hoc explanatory framework. Venom also presents a powerful system to address broader questions in evolutionary ecology thanks to its variability at multiple scales, its broad phylogenetic distribution, and its inherently tight link to key fitness components via natural enemy interactions.
The focus of this Special Issue is on understanding how ecology shapes the evolution of venom systems and also how venom influences the ecological attributes and interactions of species. Questions and areas that have been particularly neglected will be particularly favoured and I encourage articles covering any venomous organisms, whether animal, plant, or bacteria. I look forward to editing an exciting collection of research and review articles that will help stimulate interest in the evolutionary ecology of venom.
Dr. Kevin Arbuckle
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Natural enemy interactions
- Ecological niche
- Venom toxin resistance
- Phylogenetic comparative biology
- Venom ecological function
- Ecology of venom systems