Parasites and Pathogens of Insects: Parasites

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Nancy E. Beckage, Stephen A. Thompson, B. A. Federici
Academic Press, Dec 2, 2012 - Science - 364 pages
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Both volumes of Parasites and Pathogens of Insects provide in-depth coverage of the interface between insect parasites and pathogens and hosts, and explore the relationships between these partners. They emphasize biochemical and molecular interactions, basic biology, and the roles of hormones, receptors, and other cellular components in modulating interactions between host insects and attacking agents. These topics also are assessed in relation to biotechnology and biological control.
In the short term, these volumes fill a void in current literature by emphasizing basic interactions at the biochemical and molecular levels. In the long term, these interactions may provide avenues for exploitation to enhance the rate of "beneficial" parasitism or to reduce the rates of disease transmission and infection of vertebrate hosts.

Key Features
* Presents the latest information on insect parasites and pathogens
* Describes biochemical and molecular host-parasite and host-pathogen relationships
* Covers mechanisms of insect pathogenicity and resistance
* Provides exceptional breadth of coverage and authoritative reviews
* Special topics
* Transposable elements in insect pathogens
* Co-evolution and gene transfer between hosts and invaders
* Biological control
 

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This Book provides coverge of biochemical and molecular interactions, basic biology, and the roles of hormones, receptors, and other cellular components in modulating interactions between host insects and attacking agents

Contents

Chapter 1 Patterns of Development in Insect Parasites
1
The Dynamic Roles of Proteins and Peptides in the Relationship between Parasite and Host
25
Chapter 3 Hormonal Interactions between Insect Endoparasites and Their Host Insects
59
Chapter 4 Reproductive Disturbances Induced by Parasites and Pathogens of Insects
87
Chapter 5 Behavioral Effects of Parasites and Pathogens in Insect Hosts
107
Chapter 6 Redirection of Host Metabolism and Effects on Parasite Nutrition
125
Developmental and Biochemical Characteristics
145
Chapter 8 The Polydnavirus Life Cycle
167
Chapter 9 Polydnavirus Genome Organization
189
Chapter 10 Venoms of Parasitic Hymenoptera as Investigatory Tools
227
Chapter 11 Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Mosquito Susceptibility to Plasmodium and Filarioid Nematodes
245
Unresolved Problems
267
Chapter 13 The Response to Foreign Tissue Transplants in Insects
305
Chapter 14 Regulation of Insect Hemolymph Phenoloxidases
317
Index to Volumes 1 and 2
343
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