Psyche: A Journal of Entomology

Abiotic Factors and Insect Abundance


Publishing date
15 Mar 2012
Status
Published
Submission deadline
15 Sep 2011

1Laboratory of Applied Zoology and Parasitology, Faculty of Agriculture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54 124 Thessaloniki, Greece

2Laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytokoy Straße, N. Ionia, 38446 Magnisia, Greece

3Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Department of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, S. Delta 8, 14561 Kifissia, Greece

4IRD/CNRS, Laboratoire Evolution Génomes Spéciation, Avenue de la terrasse, B.P. 1, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette Cedex, France


Abiotic Factors and Insect Abundance

Description

Abiotic factors have a profound effect on distribution, colonization, survival, abundance, behaviour, fitness, and the life history of insects. Extremes of these factors limit the geographic range of insect populations, either by causing direct natural mortality or by limiting the range of host plants or animals. Any organism exposed to extremes of abiotic factors will realize a variety of detrimental effects. Insects are especially vulnerable to such effects especially caused by temperature.

Most studies have concluded that insect pests would become more abundant as temperatures increase, through a number of interrelated processes, including range extensions and phenological changes, as well as increased rates of population development, growth, migration, and overwintering. A gradual, continuing rise in atmospheric CO2 will also affect pest species abundance. However, individual species responses to climate changes vary.

If exposed to stressful conditions, insects may respond in different ways: they can behaviourally avoid stress by escaping, for example, by migration or changed activity patterns or continuously adapt (genetically or phenotypically) to the stress condition through selection or by plastic responses, for example, by changes in morphology, life history, or physiology. The global climate changes during the last few years give us the opportunity to investigate the effect they have on insects. The current issue focuses mainly on effects of temperature on insect abundance and distribution. Among other climate variables, temperature is more confidently used in predictions of climate change scenarios, and there is a wealth of evidence from which predictions of impacts of climate change might be derived.

Changes in both mean temperature and the extent and frequency of extremes can hence have major impacts on insect populations. We invite authors to submit original research or review articles on the above subject. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Climatic change and expansion of insect distribution
  • Insect evolution and fitness
  • New insect-borne diseases and their distribution
  • Predator-prey interactions in a changing world

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/psyche/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 167420
  • - Editorial

Abiotic Factors and Insect Abundance

Matilda Savopoulou-Soultani | Nikos T. Papadopoulos | ... | Pascal Moyal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 186214
  • - Research Article

Association of Climatic Factors on Population Dynamics of Leaf Roller, Diaphania pulverulentalis Hampson (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Mulberry Plantations of Sericulture Seed Farm

V. K. Rahmathulla | C. M. Kishor Kumar | ... | V. Sivaprasad
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 863947
  • - Review Article

Effects of Abiotic Factors on the Geographic Distribution of Body Size Variation and Chromosomal Polymorphisms in Two Neotropical Grasshopper Species (Dichroplus: Melanoplinae: Acrididae)

Claudio J. Bidau | Carolina I. Miño | ... | Dardo A. Martí
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 235840
  • - Research Article

Properties of Arboreal Ant and Ground-Termite Nests in relation to Their Nesting Sites and Location in a Tropical-Derived Savanna

B. C. Echezona | C. A. Igwe | L. A. Attama
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 854045
  • - Review Article

Abundance of Sesamia nonagrioides (Lef.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on the Edges of the Mediterranean Basin

Matilde Eizaguirre | Argyro A. Fantinou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 818490
  • - Research Article

Gerris spinolae Lethierry and Severin (Hemiptera: Gerridae) and Brachydeutera longipes Hendel (Diptera: Ephydridae): Two Effective Insect Bioindicators to Monitor Pollution in Some Tropical Freshwater Ponds under Anthropogenic Stress

Arijit Pal | Devashish Chandra Sinha | Neelkamal Rastogi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 345932
  • - Research Article

Herbivore Larval Development at Low Springtime Temperatures: The Importance of Short Periods of Heating in the Field

Esther Müller | Elisabeth Obermaier
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 497087
  • - Research Article

Survival of Wild Adults of Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann) under Natural Winter Conditions in North East Spain

E. Peñarrubia-María | J. Avilla | L. A. Escudero-Colomar
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 586491
  • - Research Article

Effects of Environmental Temperature on Capnodis tenebrionis Adult Phenology

Carmelo Peter Bonsignore
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 746342
  • - Research Article

The Influence of Abiotic Factors on an Invasive Pest of Pulse Crops, Sitona lineatus (L.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), in North America

O. Olfert | R. M. Weiss | ... | S. Meers
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