Open Access   Special Issue    Topic

Impact of drugs and toxins on insect development

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      Research & Reviews: A Journal of Toxicology

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      Deadline for Manuscript Submission

      March 31st, 2023

      Deadline for Publication

      April 15, 2023

    Special Issue Description

    Dear Collegues,

    Arthropods, such as insects and other species, can be very useful in death investigations. Insects can be a reliable alternative specimen for toxicological tests in the absence of the tissues and fluids typically taken for such purposes, in addition to being used to estimate postmortem periods. Additionally, recent studies have shown the presence of medications and/or toxins in the tissues of arthropods has major effects on their development and the rate and patterns of tissue disintegration. Forensic entomology is becoming increasingly popular within the forensic sciences as a method to estimate a portion of the postmortem period using time.

    Additionally, where no other viable specimens are available, evidence can be used as an alternative toxicology sample. Investigators can benefit from the qualitative data that this sector of study, entomo toxicology, can offer regarding the presence of medicines in the tissues during larval feeding. The presence of pharmaceuticals can also affect how long the insects mature, so the forensic entomologist must constantly take this into account. The effects of numerous medications and toxins on the development of arthropods are covered in this special issue, along with recent developments in the use of arthropods as alternative toxicological specimens.


    * Arthropods
    * Forensic Entomology
    * Tissue Disintegration
    * Insects
    * Death Investigation

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