Exploring the Significance of Insects in Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Examination of Entomological Studies

Ram Prakash Sharma

Entomology, KV K Madhepura, Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bhagalpur, India.

Anasuya Boruah *

Department of Agronomy, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam, India.

Anam Khan

Entomology, Institute of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Sri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Lucknow-Deva Road, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh (225003), India.

P. Thilagam

Tamil-Nadu Agricultural University, Horticultural College and Research Institute, Jeenur Krishnagiri, India.


Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, India.

S. Sivakumar

Horticulture College and Research Institute, Periyakulam, Tamil Nadu, India.

Priyanka Dhapola

Department of Entomology, Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand 263145, India.

Bal Veer Singh

Department of Agronomy, Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur, Uttar pradesh, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


The dynamic and expansive field of entomology is poised for transformative changes, thanks to technological advancements and the emergence of new avenues of research. Traditional methodologies like specimen collection and observation are increasingly being complemented by state-of-the-art techniques such as environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis, CRISPR genome editing, remote sensing, and artificial intelligence. The eDNA methodology, for example, offers a non-invasive approach to monitor elusive or endangered insect species, thereby enriching biodiversity databases. Genome editing technologies like CRISPR have enabled nuanced manipulation of insect genes, providing a deeper understanding of their physiology and behavior. Moreover, artificial intelligence and machine learning contribute to automated species identification and predictive modeling of insect populations, offering invaluable insights for conservation efforts. In terms of emerging fields, insect neurobiology, microbiomics, and environmental entomology are gaining prominence. Neurobiological studies are dissecting the neural substrates of insect behaviors, which not only deepen our basic biological understanding but also have implications in robotics and AI. Microbiomics explores the symbiotic relationships between insects and their microbial communities, revealing avenues for novel pest control strategies. Environmental entomology focuses on the impacts of habitat change and climate variability on insect populations, which is crucial for biodiversity conservation. Acknowledging the concerted efforts of researchers, academic institutions, and funding bodies is essential, as these stakeholders shape the field's future direction. Thus, entomology stands at the cusp of a new era, enriched by technological innovations and multidisciplinary approaches. These advancements hold the promise of significantly broadening our understanding of insects' roles in ecosystems, their adaptability, and their importance in maintaining ecological balance. This future direction not only provides exciting prospects for scientific inquiry but also brings forth substantial implications for the sustainable management of ecosystems and conservation policy.

Keywords: Entomology, technology, conservation, neurobiology, microbiomics

How to Cite

Sharma , R. P., Boruah , A., Khan, A., Thilagam, P., Akanksha, Sivakumar , S., Dhapola, P., & Singh , B. V. (2023). Exploring the Significance of Insects in Ecosystems: A Comprehensive Examination of Entomological Studies. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change, 13(11), 1243–1252. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2023/v13i113276


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