Location: Arthropod-borne Animal Diseases ResearchTitle: Special collection: filth fly-microbe interactions Author
Submitted to: Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Publication Type: Monograph
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/26/2016
Publication Date: 1/11/2017
Citation: Nayduch, D. 2017. Special collection: filth fly-microbe interactions. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 110: 2-5.
Interpretive Summary: Muscid and Calliphorid "filth flies" associate with habitats teeming with microbes. Adult flies are important to human and animal health because they can disseminate microbes from these environments. Furthermore, larval Calliphorid blow flies are also important for their role in forensic entomology. This monograph is an introduction to a special collection of papers focusing on filth fly-microbe interactions. Our knowledge of the biology of filth flies, in particular their associations with microbes, still is a blossoming area of study. The fairly recent availability of “omic” resources such as genomes, transcriptomes and microbiomes for the most important of these fly species, and advent of new and improving techniques for studying fly-microbe interactions on a biochemical, cellular and molecular level, collectively provide exciting opportunities to discover novel targets for fly control and mitigation as well as avenues to exploit filth fly biology for human benefit. The papers in this special collection have the common theme of using these next-generation resources and innovative approaches to study the biology of fly-microbe interactions.
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