Biology of Grasshoppers / Edition 1

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The often mythic status accorded migratory locust plagues and thesevere economic impact of which they, along with grasshoppers, arecapable have been a chief motive behind research into thoseinsects. But acridoids are also ideal organisms for studyingproblems of basic biology, not to mention their significance in anumber of other areas of research. That they are interestingsubjects of research is one of the premises at work in this book.The other is that a multidimensional view of acridoids is necessaryto appreciate fully their observable biological responses.Reflecting the considerable refinement in research techniques thathas occurred since Uvarov’s classic on physiology and behaviorof Acridoidea, this book offers new information in the field madepossible by the advent of radar and electron microscopy, recentdevelopments in electrophysiology, and new paradigms, especially inapproaches to population biology. Biology of Grasshoppers comprisesarticles authored by a number of specialists in a variety ofrelated disciplines. Among the topics covered are:

  • Chemoreception, food selection, feeding, nutrition
  • Water and temperature regulation
  • Pheromones, chemical communication, mating systems
  • Flight and migration, population dynamics
  • Pathogenic diseases and color pattern polymorphism
With studies ranging from the molecular to the evolutionary scales,Biology of Grasshoppers presents a diversity of topics in a contextthat emphasizes the functioning of the whole organism. Providingmany insights into general biological principles through the studyof Acridoidea, its organismal approach juxtaposes chapters fromscientists with very different backgrounds to provide links amongdisciplines that are too often ignored.
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Editorial Reviews

Sixteen contributions on a group of insects that is of major importance in research and pest control. Advances made possible by new methods and technological development are emphasized. Coverage includes chemoreception, food selection, water and temperature regulation, chemical communication, pathogenic diseases and color pattern polymorphism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471609018
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/24/1990
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 6.49 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

About the editors R. F. CHAPMAN is a researcher and professor at the Division of Neurobiology of the Arizona Research Laboratories at the University of Arizona in Tucson. ANTHONY JOERN is a professor at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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Table of Contents

The Chemoreceptors (W. Blaney & M. Simmonds).

Food Selection (R. Chapman).

The Pattern of Feeding (S. Simpson).

Nutrition (E. Bernays & S. Simpson).

Water Regulation (E. Bernays).

Grasshopper Thermoregulation (M. Chappell & D. Whitman).

Jumping in Orthoptera (H. Bennet-Clark).

Hormonal Control of Flight Metabolism in Locusts (G.Goldsworthy).

Flight and Migration in Acridoids (R. Farrow).

Territory-Based Mating Systems in Desert Grasshoppers: Effects ofHost Plant Distribution and Variation (M. Greenfield & T.Shelly).

Pheromones and Phase Transformation in Locusts (W. Loher).

Grasshopper Chemical Communication (D. Whitman).

The Endocrine Basis of Locust Phase Polymorphism (J. Dale & S.Tobe).

Population Dynamics and Regulation in Grasshoppers (A. Joern &S. Gaines).

Pathogenic Diseases of Grasshoppers (D. Streett & M.McGuire).

Color Pattern Polymorphism (J. Dearn).

Subject Index.

Species Index.

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