Biology of Grasshoppers / Edition 1

Biology of Grasshoppers / Edition 1

by R. F. Chapman, A. Joern, Joern
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471609013

ISBN-13: 9780471609018

Pub. Date: 04/24/1990

Publisher: Wiley

The often mythic status accorded migratory locust plagues and the severe economic impact of which they, along with grasshoppers, are capable have been a chief motive behind research into those insects. But acridoids are also ideal organisms for studying problems of basic biology, not to mention their significance in a number of other areas of research. That they

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The often mythic status accorded migratory locust plagues and the severe economic impact of which they, along with grasshoppers, are capable have been a chief motive behind research into those insects. But acridoids are also ideal organisms for studying problems of basic biology, not to mention their significance in a number of other areas of research. That they are interesting subjects of research is one of the premises at work in this book. The other is that a multidimensional view of acridoids is necessary to appreciate fully their observable biological responses. Reflecting the considerable refinement in research techniques that has occurred since Uvarov’s classic on physiology and behavior of Acridoidea, this book offers new information in the field made possible by the advent of radar and electron microscopy, recent developments in electrophysiology, and new paradigms, especially in approaches to population biology. Biology of Grasshoppers comprises articles authored by a number of specialists in a variety of related 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 context that emphasizes the functioning of the whole organism. Providing many insights into general biological principles through the study of Acridoidea, its organismal approach juxtaposes chapters from scientists with very different backgrounds to provide links among disciplines that are too often ignored.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471609018
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/24/1990
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.30(d)

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 of Host 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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