Biodiv Sci ›› 2022, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (10): 22454.  DOI: 10.17520/biods.2022454

Special Issue: 传粉生物学 昆虫多样性与生态功能

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Research progress on insect diversity

Mingqiang Wang1,2, Arong Luo1, Qingsong Zhou1, Jingting Chen1,19, Tingting Xie1, Yi Li3, Douglas Chesters1, Xiaoyu Shi1, Hui Xiao1, Huanji Liu1,19, Qiang Ding1, Xuan Zhou1, Yiping Luo1, Yuanyuan Lu1, Yijie Tong1, Zhengyu Zhao1, Ming Bai1, Pengfei Guo4, Sichong Chen5,6, Akihiro Nakamura7, Yanqiong Peng7, Yanhui Zhao8, Shuhua Wei9, Xiaolong Lin10,11, Huayan Chen12, Shixiao Luo12, Yanhui Lu13, Liang Lu14, Jianping Yu15, Xin Zhou16, Yi Zou17, Hao Lu18, Chaodong Zhu1,19,*()   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Zoological Systematics and Evolution, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101
    2. Key Laboratory of Mountain Ecological Restoration and Bioresource Utilization & Ecological Restoration Biodiversity Conservation Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041
    3. State Key Laboratory of Vegetation and Environmental Change, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093
    4. College of Pharmacy, Guizhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guiyang 550025
    5. Key Laboratory of Plant Germplasm Enhancement and Specialty Agriculture, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430074
    6. Center of Conservation Biology, Core Botanical Gardens, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan 430074
    7. Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Mengla, Yunnan 666303
    8. Key Laboratory for Plant Diversity and Biogeography of East Asia, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650201
    9. Institute of Plant Protection, Ningxia Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Yinchuan 750002
    10. Engineering Research Center of Environmental DNA and Ecological Water Health Assessment, Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai 201306
    11. Shanghai Universities Key Laboratory of Marine Animal Taxonomy and Evolution, Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai 201306
    12. Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650
    13. State Key Laboratory for Biology of Plant Diseases and Insect Pests, Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100193
    14. State Key Laboratory for Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control, National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 102206
    15. Qianjiangyuan National Park, Quzhou, Zhejiang 324000
    16. Department of Entomology, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193
    17. Department of Health and Environmental Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123
    18. Bureau of Frontier Sciences and Education, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100864
    19. College of Life Sciences, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
  • Received:2022-08-09 Accepted:2022-11-01 Online:2022-10-20 Published:2022-11-08
  • Contact: Chaodong Zhu


Background & Aims: We reviewed progress on insect biodiversity research over the past 30 years and further analyzed the trends, focusing on varied study systems (e.g. forest, grassland and agriculture etc.) and important functional insect groups, such as pollinators, herbivores and predators.
Progresses: Declines of insect abundance and diversity are being reported worldwide. Anthropogenic disturbance, climate change, and other factors contribute to this crisis.
Strategies & Prospects: Studies of insect biodiversity have expanded from early comparisons of species richness on composition to multiple dimensions of diversity. Current studies include both in-depth work on morphological diversity and much deeper consideration of genetic, phylogenetic, and functional diversity. Moreover, the studies’ scale has expanded from local to global. The development of morphometrics and phylogenetic bioinformatics further contributes to understanding evolution and global patterns in diversity. We also need to pay more attention to topics on integrative taxonomy on functional insect groups, functional diversity, insect diversity within canopy, and species interaction networks.

Key words: functional insect groups, multiple diversity components, ecosystem, insect diversity loss