Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Research progress in the immunity of insects and the immune mechanisms of five important invasive insects.

Abstract

China has a wide variety of harmful invasive insects, which has attracted great attention in the field of plant quarantine and invasion biology. Insect immunity, which plays an important role in invasive insects' introduction, colonization and damaging, refers to the reaction mechanism how insects recognize self or non-self components and prevent pathogens from entering their body systems to maintain their own health and prolong their lives. Based on the immune mechanisms of Drosophila melanogaster, this article summarized the research progress in immune mechanisms of five representative invasive insects, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus (Oliver), Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius), Apis mellifera lingustica Spinola, Ceroplastes japonicus Green and Lymantria dispar (L.), and the future research emphasis of invasive insects' immune mechanisms was also proposed: doing more research on other invasive insects, secondly, focusing more on molecular mechanisms rather than discovery of new immunity phenomena.