Insect Science

Cover image for Vol. 23 Issue 2

Edited By: Le Kang

Impact Factor: 2.144

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 12/92 (Entomology)

Online ISSN: 1744-7917

Special Issues and Sections

Special section: Insect, plant and environment interaction
Guest editor: Prof. Keyan Zhu-Salzman

Applied research on host-plant resistance to arthropod pests has been guided over the past 60 years by a framework originally developed by Reginald Painter in his 1951 book, Insect Resistance in Crop Plants. Painter divided the “phenomena” of resistance into three “mechanisms,” nonpreference (later renamed antixenosis), antibiosis, and tolerance. The weaknesses of this framework are discussed. In particular, this trichotomous framework does not encompass all known mechanisms of resistance, and the antixenosis and antibiosis categories are ambiguous and inseparable in practice. These features have perhaps led to a simplistic approach to understanding arthropod resistance in crop plants... Read more

Special section: Insect molecular toxicology and chitin metabolism
Guest edited by Prof. Kun Yan Zhu

Chitin is the most abundant natural aminopolysaccharide and serves as a structural component of extracellular matrices. It is found in fungal septa, spores, and cell walls, and in arthropod cuticles and peritrophic matrices, squid pens, mollusk shells, nematode egg shells, and some protozoan cyst walls. As prokaryotes, plants and vertebrates including humans do not produce chitin, its synthesis is considered as an attractive target site for fungicides, insecticides, and acaricides. Although no chitin synthesis inhibitor has been developed into a therapeutic drug to treat fungal infections in humans, a larger number of compounds have been successfully launched worldwide to combat arthropod pests in agriculture and forestry.... Read more

Special issue:Insect RNA Interference

RNA interference (RNAi) has been considered as a potential strategy for insect pest control especially for sucking insects, for example, planthoppers, aphids and psyllids. Metamorphosis is a unique developmental model of insects. Therefore, using RNAi technology, regulating the key genes during insect growth and development will not affect other organisms. This strategy probably realizes biological and ecological safety of insect pest control... Read more

Special Issue: The Response of Insects to Global Change
Guest edited by: Prof. Feng Ge, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Understanding the effects of climate change is key to conserving human valued resources. Insects are the largest class of animals on earth and will respond to effects of global change directly and via effects on their hosts. Acting together, these direct and indirect effects will affect the development, survival, reproduction and movement of insects. Moreover, climate change may affect the temporal and spatial dynamics of outbreak species and invasive species, changing the frequency of outbreaks and their spatial patterns, size and geographical range... Read more

Special Issue: Bemisia tabaci

The sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) remains a serious threat to crops worldwide. The damaging B-biotype is of specific economic concern because it is an effective vector of over 111 viruses from several families, particularly geminiviruses. Bemisia tabaci is regularly intercepted on plants coming into the UK... Read more

Special Issue: Insects and Biofuels
Guest edited by Dr. Jian-Zhong Sun, Mississippi State University and Dr. Michael E. Scharf, University of Florida

This special issue aims to promote research and collaborations on how insects digest lignocellulosic material, identify the types of mechanisms involved in these processes, describe what is known about the role of symbiotic microbes in this process, and connect this knowledge to potential applications to biofuels production, as well as other relevant scientific areas... Read more