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Molecular Approaches to Fundamental and Applied Entomology

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The fruit fly Drosophila has been a major research organism in the molecular revolution that has swept through all areas of biology over the last two decades. Profound new insights into general mechanisms underlying animal development, behavior and evolution have emerged from Drosophila research. Only recently, however, have molecular biologists turned their attention to the many insect pests that plague agriculture and public health worldwide. This book reviews and extends the spectacular research progress with ...
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Overview

The fruit fly Drosophila has been a major research organism in the molecular revolution that has swept through all areas of biology over the last two decades. Profound new insights into general mechanisms underlying animal development, behavior and evolution have emerged from Drosophila research. Only recently, however, have molecular biologists turned their attention to the many insect pests that plague agriculture and public health worldwide. This book reviews and extends the spectacular research progress with Drosophila and surveys the exciting early results and vast potential of exploiting molecular biology to control pest insects. Topics covered include: - the molecular genetics of insect meiosis, tissue differentiation, sex determination and biological rhythms; - the molecular basis of insect resistance to chemical insecticides and the development of alternative, genetically engineered microbial insecticides; - molecular tools for studying insect systematics and population biology; - gene cloning techniques and prospects for genetically engineering insects of economic importance. Molecular Approaches to Fundamental and Applied Entomology will be of interest to entomologists, cell and molecular biologists, and students and researchers in agriculture, plant science, and public health.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461392194
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Springer Series in Experimental Entomology
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface
Preface
Contributors
1 Drosophila as a Tool for Investigating the Molecular Genetics of Insecticide Resistance 1
2 Naturally Occurring Insecticidal Molecules as Candidates for Genetic Engineering 38
3 Genetic Engineering of Baculoviruses for Insect Control 90
4 Insect Viruses: New Strategies for Pest Control 128
5 Molecular Methods for Insect Phylogenetics 164
6 Molecular Population Genetics of Drosophila 222
7 The Regulation of Cellular Pattern Formation in the Compound Eye of Drosophila melanogaster 267
8 Molecular Genetics of Sex Determination in Drosophila melanogaster 292
9 Molecular Genetics of Complex Behavior: Biological Rhythms in Drosophila 329
10 Molecular Analysis of Insect Meiosis and Sex Ratio Distortion 357
11 Strategies and Tools for Extending Molecular Entomology Beyond Drosophila 407
12 Prospects and Possibilities for Gene Transfer Techniques in Insects 451
Index 489
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