Special Issue "Viruses in Mass-Reared Invertebrates"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Insect Viruses".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Adly Abd-Alla
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Guest Editor
Insect Pest Control Laboratory, Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food & Agriculture, P.O. Box 100, Wagrammer Straße 5, A-1400, Vienna, Austria
Interests: virology; insect viruses; virus-host interaction; molecular virology; viral taxonomy; virus management; virus dynamics; virus detection
Prof. Dr. Drion G. Boucias
Guest Editor
Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida, Gainesville FL 32611, USA
Interests: insect pathology; insect disease interactions; microbial metabolites; epizootiology; microbial control; structure-function relationships; symbiont/pathogen interactions
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Dr. Vera I. D. Ros
Guest Editor
Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University, Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708 PB, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: virology; insect viruses; virus-host interactions; parasitic manipulation; behavioural manipulation; biological control; insect mass rearing; covert virus; virus latency

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Insects can be exposed to many viruses that can either infect insects (insect viruses or entomopathogenic viruses) or be transmitted to vertebrates (arboviruses) or plants (plant viruses). Entomopathogenic viruses can cause diseases in insects of natural populations as well as reared insects. So far, insect viruses have mainly been studied for their potential in biological control, i.e., for the control insect pest populations. However, recently, with the emerging interest in mass-rear insects – for human food or animal feed, waste management, biological control, pollination, or production of, e.g., silk and honey – there is an increasing need to detect, manage, and control entomopathogenic viruses in those mass-reared insects. In addition, viruses infect other invertebrates that are economically important for human food, i.e., shrimps and oysters or those that are important as fish baits or pet feed, i.e., earthworm, and have caused economic loses and therefore need be managed and controlled. To this end, studies on the development of early detection tools to identify virus infections in insect colonies as well as the development of sanitation methods (e.g., starting with virus-free insects) is urgently required. In addition, selection of virus-resistant insect strains with high tolerance to virus infection is recommended. Furthermore, analysis of the rearing procedure and selecting the best practice to avoid virus infections and maintain stress-free rearing conditions to rear healthy insects without compromising the insect’s immune system represents another promising strategy. Understanding the molecular dialogue between pathogenic viruses and their hosts and the associated microbiota that might affect the virus infection and host response is important for selecting the best conditions to maintain an equilibrium state toward avoiding disease outbreaks in reared insects.

Based on the above, we invite researchers to contribute original articles as well as reviews that will stimulate our continuing efforts to understand entomopathogenic virus infections in insect mass-rearing and to improve our knowledge of the molecular dialogues between viruses, their hosts, and the associated microbes; sensitive virus detection; and targeted treatments using a holistic approach in order to improve insect mass-rearing for various objectives.

Prof. Dr. Adly Abd-Alla
Prof. Dr. Drion G. Boucias
Dr. Vera I. D. Ros
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • insect viruses
  • virus-host interactions
  • molecular virology
  • viral taxonomy
  • virus management
  • virus dynamics
  • virus detection
  • virus-host-symbiont interactions

Published Papers

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