The American Cockroach

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William J. Bell, K.G. Adiyodi
Springer Science & Business Media, 1982 - Science - 529 pages
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This volume deals mainly with the biology of the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana (1.). Contributors were urged to emphasize recent findings, including unpublished data when possible, a goal that would not have been feasible if it were not for the two previously published books on the basic biology of cockroaches, The Biology o/the Cockroach (1968) by D. M. Guthrie and A. R. Tindall and The Cockroach, Volume 1 (1968) by P. B. Cornwell. Those topics not included in The American Cockroach, such as external morphology, are well covered in the two preceding books. In addition, these books provided a broad background upon which contributors to The American Cockroach have been able to build with recent trends, new and established concepts and integration. Although this book deals primarily with the American cockroach, many chapters offer a comparative approach in sections where the more recent and exciting research has been accomplished on other species. Most contributors place the cockroach in perspective with regard to its appropriateness or inappropriateness for various types of biological investigations. Many questions are realistically left unanswered when no acceptable or obvious solution is apparent; an invitation to new researchers to consider the cockroach as an experimental subject.
 

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William J. Bell (1943--1998) was a revered entomologist specializing in insect physiology and behavior. His two-volume work, Chemical Ecology of Insects (coedited with R. T. Carde), is considered a classic in the field. Louis M. Roth (1918--2003) was an acknowledged world expert on cockroaches at Harvard University. Christine A. Nalepa is a research specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and an adjunct associate professor of entomology at North Carolina State University. She works on a variety of insects, including beetles, wasps, cockroaches, and termites.

About the Editors Dr. K. G. Adiyodi is Professor of Reproductive Physiology and Dean, Faculty of Science. Calicut University, Kerala, India. He is Founder-Secretary of the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction, Founder-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, and Founder-President of the Indian Society of Invertebrate Reproduction. Popularisation of science and technology among the masses and their application for rural development has been a passion for him: he is the Founder-Secretary of and the prime moving spirit behind the formation of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad in 1962. The organisation is now the largest and the most popular mass science movement in India and has won several national and international awards for its activities and achievements. Since 1986, Prof. Adiyodi is heading the Desiya Sastra Vedi (National Science Forum), a think-tank, apolitical in character, closely monitoring and critically evaluating state policies and programmes in science and technology. Dr. Rita G. Adiyodi, formerly Rhodes Visiting Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford (1976-78), is Professor of Zoology at Calicut University. She served as President of the Crustacean Reprobiology and Aquaculture Bureau of India and as Vice-President of the Indian Society of Invertebrate Reproduction. Dr. Rita Adiyodi represented India on the International Committee of Comparative Endocrinology. Both editors have been working extensively on reproduction and growth biology of arthropods for nearly three decades. They have written and edited several books and published about one hundred and eighty research papers and advanced reviews.

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