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Special Issue "Insects and Their Derived Products—an Innovative Source of Bioactives and Nutraceuticals"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactives and Nutraceuticals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Xesús Feás
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Guest Editor
Academy of Veterinary Sciences of Galicia, A Coruna, Spain
Interests: Molecularly imprinting polymers (MIPs); Biopolymers; Apiculture; Invasive Species; Vespa velutina; Food Safety; Chitin; Nanotechnology; Insect Science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Insects are important and dominant creatures in the nature because of their diversity, ecological role and influence on natural resources. Insects and their derived products have been used by human beings since ancient times. Certainly the role of insects in human evolutionary history and wellness is indisputable. Insects and their derivatives serve a broad range of applications and these "raw products" have advanced at a dramatic pace into many fields, including pharmaceutical applications; tissue engineering; dentistry; plant science and agriculture; veterinary science; cosmetics and cosmeceutical; food and nutraceuticals, among others.

The Special Issue “Insects and Their Derived Products - An Innovative Source of Bioactives and Nutraceuticals” mainly focuses on cellular and molecular events induced by insects products and their derivatives, including basic studies in biochemistry, molecular biology, and molecular medicine.

Contributions for this Special Issue, both in form of review articles and original research, exploring aspects of the biological activity of insect products and their possible applications, not only composition, chemistry, analysis, but also the impact on the human health, are welcome.

  • Insects as food: processing, properties and applications.
  • Novel insect bioactive chemical molecules.
  • In silico, in vitro and in vivo research using
  • Toxins and drugs from
  • Nutraceuticals and bioactives compounds from bee products, including honey, propolis, bee pollen, bee bread, bee brood, royal jelly and venom.
  • Biological activities of insects and insect derived products.
  • Biotechnology and Biomedical uses of silk and its derivatives.
  • Processing, properties and applications of chitin from insects and its derivatives.
  • Live insects and human therapy

Dr. Xesús Feás
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Molecular Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Insects
  • Bioactives
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Drugs
  • Insect-based food
  • Insect-derived bioactive peptides
  • Entomotherapy
  • ethnoentomology
  • Molecular Insect Biology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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