About this Research Topic
Crustaceans have adapted to a wide variety of habitats and ways of life. Therefore, complex and diverse physiological and regulatory systems have evolved, particularly with regard to the processes of growth, metabolism, and reproduction. Crustaceans serve increasingly as model organisms in all fields of biology, including neurobiology, animal physiology, evolutionary ecology, behavior, biogeography, endocrine disruption and management of crustacean resources. The increasing importance of crustacean models in biology and ecology arises from their expanding roles in aquaculture and fisheries, and as keystone species in marine, freshwater,
and terrestrial ecosystems. Interest in theoretical and applied Crustacean Endocrinology has been growing steadily over the past decades. Therefore, this General Research Topic is intended to provide a timely and concise account of recent advances in Crustacean Endocrinology by publishing high quality articles with emphasis on diverse crustacean species, including Decapoda, Amphipoda, Isopoda, Copepoda, and Cladocera, among others.
This General Research Topic aims to present state-of-the-art research in the field of Crustacean Endocrinology. Specifically, we encourage the submission of reviews, original research, and methods articles, as well as perspective articles, covering recent advances pertaining to the following subtopics:
Hormones in crustacean physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biological processes.
Autocrine/paracrine regulators in growth (molting), metabolic regulation, and reproduction.
Neuroendocrine-immune regulatory systems in crustaceans.
Novel potential regulators and signaling pathways.
Epigenetic regulation of gene expression in endocrine systems.
Applications of Crustacean Endocrinology to aquaculture technology development.
Ecotoxicology and physiology of endocrine disruption in crustaceans.
Keywords: reproduction, metabolic regulation, genetics, neuropeptides, Growth