Special Issue "Insect Endocrinology"


A special issue of Insects (ISSN 2075-4450).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 February 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Colin G.H. Steel

Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada
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Interests: insect hormones and their physiological and biochemical regulation; neurobiology and neuroendocrinology; mechanisms by which circadian rhythms in hormones are controlled, especially during insect development and reproduction
Guest Editor
Dr. Xanthe Vafopoulou

Department of Biology, York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto Ontario, M3J 1P3, Canada
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Interests: insect developmental biology; endocrinology of development and reproduction; regulatory mechanisms in the endocrine system; hormone receptors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is ninety years since insect endocrinology began with the discovery of a humoral factor controlling metamorphosis, which was the first evidence of an endocrine function of the nervous system in any animal. It has since become a huge multidisciplinary research area, embracing many hormones, most of which are fully purified or cloned. Much current research addresses the interactions between these hormones that occur within the various endocrine regulatory pathways that control almost all aspects of physiology. Nutrition, circadian rhythms and day-length coordinate physiological process with the external world by acting via manipulation of endocrine mechanisms. Both the hormones themselves and the regulatory pathways they form both show remarkable conservation, not just within insects, but also with those of higher animals, including mammals. Consequently, much current research makes important contributions to understanding endocrine systems in animals in general. Within insects, hormone research continues to lead to innovations in insect pest control. This special issue aims to reflect the diversity of current approaches, using both reviews and original research articles devoted to various aspects of insect endocrinology. This breadth of coverage will make the issue valuable reading for all endocrinologists as well as other physiologists.

Colin G. H. Steel
Xanthe Vafopoulou
Guest Editors


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. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as 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.

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 500 CHF (Swiss Francs). English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.


  • insect endocrinology
  • insect hormones
  • endocrine regulatory mechanisms
  • envirnomental regulation of hormones
  • insect development
  • insect reproduction
  • insect metabolism
  • hormone based insect control

Published Papers

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