Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Life Sciences - Entomology | Arthropod-Plant Interactions - incl. option to publish open access

We’re working on a new version of this journal site - preview it now
Arthropod-Plant Interactions

Arthropod-Plant Interactions

An international journal devoted to studies on interactions of insects, mites, and other arthropods with plants

Editor-in-Chief: Heikki Hokkanen
Managing Editor: Ingeborg Menzler-Hokkanen

ISSN: 1872-8847 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11829

80,33 € Personal Rate e-only
Get Subscription

Online subscription, valid from January through December of current calendar year

Immediate access to this year's issues via SpringerLink

Volume(-s) with issue(-s) per annual subscription

Automatic annual renewal

More information: >> FAQs // >> Policy

Arthropod-Plant Interactions - Virtual Issues

We are very pleased to inform you that a new Virtual Issue of Arthropod-Plant Interactions: MICROBE-MEDIATED ARTHROPOD-PLANT INTERACTIONS is available as a special service for you.

Our Virtual Issues are compiled in close collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief Heikki M.T. Hokkanen and focus on cutting-edge topics. They present key articles which have been published in the journal over the course of the last years.

Enjoy - and spread the word!


Symbiont-mediated adaptation by planthoppers and leafhoppers to resistant rice varieties 

September 2013

Jedeliza B. Ferrater, Peter W. de Jong, Marcel Dicke, Yolanda H. Chen, Finbarr G. Horgan

Influence of an endophytic fungus on host plant selection by a polyphagous moth via volatile spectrum changes 

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE - March 2008, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 53-62,

Mustapha F. A. Jallow, Dereje Dugassa-Gobena, Stefan Vidal

Endophyte-mediated tritrophic interactions between a grass-feeding caterpillar and two parasitoid species with different life histories 

March 2012, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 27-34

Andrea J. Bixby-Brosi, Daniel A. Potter

Water availability alters the tri-trophic consequences of a plant-fungal symbiosis 

March 2011, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 19-27

Kelsey M. Yule, James B. Woolley, Jennifer A. Rudgers

Background matching behaviour and pathogen acquisition: plant site preference does not predict the bacterial acquisition efficiency of vectors 

OPEN ACCESS ARTICLE - June 2011, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 97-106

Arash Rashed, Nabil Killiny, Joyce Kwan, Rodrigo P. P. Almeida

A leaf-rolling weevil benefits from general saprophytic fungi in polysaccharide degradation 

September 2012, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 417-424

Xiaoqiong Li, Gregory S. Wheeler, Jianqing Ding

Epirrita autumnata induced VOC emission of silver birch differ from emission induced by leaf fungal pathogen 

September 2007, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 159-165

Terhi Vuorinen, Anne-Marja Nerg, Leena Syrjälä, Petri Peltonen, Jarmo K. Holopainen

Identification and origin of host-associated volatiles attractive to Prorops nasuta, a parasitoid of the coffee berry borer 

December 2012, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 611-620

Ariana K. Román-Ruíz, Edi A. Malo, Graciela Huerta, Alfredo Castillo, Juan F. Barrera, Julio C. Rojas

Editorial: Microbes increase our understanding of arthropod-plant interactions 

Heikki M. T. Hokkanen, Editor-in-Chief

The role of microbes in shaping arthropod-plant interactions has become an important subject of ecological research, rapidly changing our view of the mechanisms involved in these interactions. In the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, the topic was covered by no less than seven special symposia, attracting over 50 oral communications. Four of the symposia dealt with general microbe-insect-plant interactions, and three focused on pollinators and/or ecology of social insects.
This trend in entomological research is reflected also in the journal Arthropod-Plant Interactions: an increasing share of submitted manuscripts address some aspect of how microbes are involved in the ecology of arthropods interacting with plants. Some of the recently published articles in APIS on the topic are pooled to form this Virtual Special Issue, to stimulate further research and publications on this important topic.
The articles cover a range of exciting studies. Several contributions examine how plant endophytic micro-organisms affect herbivores and their natural enemies. While Jallow et al. (2008) show how an endophytic fungus in tomato made the plant more attractive to the generalist herbivore Helicoverpa armigera via changes in the volatile spectrum, Yule et al. (2011) determined that endophyte symbiosis significantly reduced plant colonization by the aphid Rhopalosiphon padi. Furthermore, under drought the proportion of aphids parasitized by Aphelinus sp. was higher than under abundant moisture conditions, illustrating the complexity of such multitrophic interactions. Endophytes can also influence differently various types of herbivore parasitoids, as shown by Bixby-Brosi and Potter (2012): ryegrass with fungal endophyte decreased the fitness of an egg-larval encyrtid parasitoid of the generalist herbivore Agrotis ipsilon, while it had no impact on the fast developing tachinid parasitoid.
Arthropods themselves often benefit from microbial associations or symbiosis, or exploit microbes for nutrition or host finding. Ferrater et al. (2013) review studies concerning a fascinating adaptation, where plant- and leafhoppers of rice overcome phenomenally rapidly with the help of bacterial and eukaryotic symbionts any resistance bred into rice cultivars. Facultative fungal symbionts, originating from soil, help a leaf-rolling weevil to survive on poor-quality leaf litter diet (Li et al., 2012), while fungi associated with the frass of the coffee berry borer Hypothenemus hampei produce specific volatiles, which serve as kairomones for the parasitoid Prorops nasuta, but only when the borer is reared on coffee beans – not when reared on artificial diet (Román-Ruíz et al., 2012).
Further exciting studies on the role of microbes in arthropod-plant interactions can readily be found in this new virtual special issue of APIS. We are proud to publish this collation of state-of-the-art articles, and thank professor Chen-Zhu Wang for proposing the topic.


Bixby-Brosi, A.J. and D.A. Potter (2012). Endophyte-mediated tritrophic interactions between a grass-feeding caterpillar and two parasitoid species with different life histories. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6: 27-34.
Ferrater, J.B., de Jong, P.W., Dicke, M., Chen, Y.H. and F.G. Horgan (2013). Symbiont-mediated adaptation by planthoppers and leafhoppers to resistant rice varieties. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 7: 591-605.
Jallow, M.F.A., Dugassa-Gobena, D. and S. Vidal (2008). Influence of an endophytic fungus on host plant selection by a polyphagous moth via volatile spectrum changes. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 2: 53-62.
Li, X., Wheeler, G.S. and J. Ding (2012). A leaf-rolling weevil benefits from general saprophytic fungi in polysaccharide degradation. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6: 417-424.
Román-Ruíz, A.K., Malo, E.A., Huerta, G., Castillo, A., Barrera, J.F. and J.C. Rojas (2012). Identification and origin of host-associated volatiles attractive to Prorops nasuta, a parasitoid of the coffee berry borer. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6: 611-620.
Yule, K.M., Woolley, J.B. and J.A. Rudgers (2011). Water availability alters the tri-trophic consequences of a plant-fungal symbiosis. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 5: 19-27.

VIRTUAL ISSUE Number 1: Pollination Ecology 

Read this Journal on Springerlink

For authors and editors

  • Journal Citation Reports®
    2018 Impact Factor
  • 1.630
  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    Arthropod-Plant Interactions is a quarterly journal committed to the publication of high quality original papers and reviews with a broad fundamental or applied focus on the ecological, biological, and evolutionary aspects of the interactions between insects and other arthropods with plants. Papers focusing on all aspects of such interactions including chemical, biochemical, genetic, and molecular analysis, as well as papers reporting on multitrophic studies, ecophysiology, and mutualism, are welcomed. Studies that present field-based long-term data are strongly supported.

    Arthropod-Plant Interactions will encourage the submission of forum papers that challenge prevailing hypotheses. Review papers on invited topics will be printed, along with high quality unsolicited ones in order to ensure a greater diversity of opinions. Papers focusing on the relevance of theoretical developments in the area to applied outcomes are also highly encouraged.

  • Submit Online
  • Open Choice - Your Way to Open Access
  • Springer Author Academy
  • Instructions for Authors

    Instructions for Authors


  • Copyright Information

    Copyright Information


    Copyright Information

    For Authors

    Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as – tacitly or explicitly – by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out.

    Author warrants (i) that he/she is the sole owner or has been authorized by any additional copyright owner to assign the right, (ii) that the article does not infringe any third party rights and no license from or payments to a third party is required to publish the article and (iii) that the article has not been previously published or licensed. The author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors. Transfer of copyright to Springer (respective to owner if other than Springer) becomes effective if and when a Copyright Transfer Statement is signed or transferred electronically by the corresponding author. After submission of the Copyright Transfer Statement signed by the corresponding author, changes of authorship or in the order of the authors listed will not be accepted by Springer.

    The copyright to this article, including any graphic elements therein (e.g. illustrations, charts, moving images), is assigned for good and valuable consideration to Springer effective if and when the article is accepted for publication and to the extent assignable if assignability is restricted for by applicable law or regulations (e.g. for U.S. government or crown employees).

    The copyright assignment includes without limitation the exclusive, assignable and sublicensable right, unlimited in time and territory, to reproduce, publish, distribute, transmit, make available and store the article, including abstracts thereof, in all forms of media of expression now known or developed in the future, including pre- and reprints, translations, photographic reproductions and microform. Springer may use the article in whole or in part in electronic form, such as use in databases or data networks for display, print or download to stationary or portable devices. This includes interactive and multimedia use and the right to alter the article to the extent necessary for such use.

    Authors may self-archive the Author's accepted manuscript of their articles on their own websites. Authors may also deposit this version of the article in any repository, provided it is only made publicly available 12 months after official publication or later. He/she may not use the publisher's version (the final article), which is posted on SpringerLink and other Springer websites, for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit. Furthermore, the Author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Springer's website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: "The final publication is available at link.springer.com".

    Prior versions of the article published on non-commercial pre-print servers like arXiv.org can remain on these servers and/or can be updated with Author's accepted version. The final published version (in pdf or html/xml format) cannot be used for this purpose. Acknowledgement needs to be given to the final publication and a link must be inserted to the published article on Springer's website, accompanied by the text "The final publication is available at link.springer.com". Author retains the right to use his/her article for his/her further scientific career by including the final published journal article in other publications such as dissertations and postdoctoral qualifications provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication.

    Author is requested to use the appropriate DOI for the article. Articles disseminated via link.springer.com are indexed, abstracted and referenced by many abstracting and information services, bibliographic networks, subscription agencies, library networks, and consortia.

    For Readers

    While the advice and information in this journal is believed to be true and accurate at the date of its publication, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

    All articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article (e.g., as offprints), as well as all translation rights. No material published in this journal may be reproduced photographically or stored on microfilm, in electronic data bases, video disks, etc., without first obtaining written permission from the publisher (respective the copyright owner if other than Springer). The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

    Springer has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service to offer a variety of options for reusing Springer content. For permission to reuse our content please locate the material that you wish to use on link.springer.com or on springerimages.com and click on the permissions link or go to copyright.com, then enter the title of the publication that you wish to use. For assistance in placing a permission request, Copyright Clearance Center can be connected directly via phone: +1-855-239-3415, fax: +1-978-646-8600, or e-mail: info@copyright.com.

    © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

Alerts for this journal


Get the table of contents of every new issue published in Arthropod-Plant Interactions.