Comprehensive Molecular Insect Science, Seven-Volume Set


Edited by

  • Kostas Iatrou, National Center for Scientific Research "Demokritos", Athens, Greece
  • Sarjeet Gill, University of California, Riverside, USA


  • Lawrence Gilbert, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

The important developments and achievements in modern insect science since the first edition have led to this new revised, expanded and retitled reference work. New chapters in this edition include the ecdysone receptor, lipocalins, bacterial toxins, etc. Each article may also be read independently, as a review of that particular subject.Comprehensive Molecular Insect Science also covers new technologies that have been developed since 1985. The Index Volume will help researchers to track specific subjects and particular species of insects cited in several volumes.Also available online via ScienceDirect – featuring extensive browsing, searching, and internal cross-referencing between articles in the work, plus dynamic linking to journal articles and abstract databases, making navigation flexible and easy. For more information, pricing options and availability visit
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Insect researchers, developmental biologists, molecular biologists.


Book information

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  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-51924-5

Table of Contents

Volume 1 - Reproduction and Development.Sex Determination and the Development of the Genital Disc.Oogenesis.Vitellogenesis and Post-Vitellogenic Maturation of the Insect Ovarian Follicle.Spermatogenesis.Gonadal Glands and their Gene Products.Molecular Genetics of Insect Fertilization.Dosage Compensation.Insect Homeotic Complex Genes and Development - Lessons from Drosophila and Beyond.Drosophila Limb Development.Early Embryonic Development - Neurogenesis (CNS).Development of Insect Sensilla.The Development of the Olfactory System.Volume 2 - Development.Myogenesis and Muscle Development.The Development of the Flight and Leg Muscle.Functional Development of the Neuromusculature.Hormonal Control of the Form and Function of the Nervous System.Programmed Cell Death in Insect Neuromuscular Systems during Metamorphosis.Heart Development and Function.Tracheal System Development and Morphogenesis.Development of the Malpighian Tubules in Insects.Fat-Cell Development.Salivary Gland Development and Programmed Cell Death.Silkgland Development and Regulation of Silk Protein Genes. Volume 3 - Endocrinology.Neuroendocrine Regulation of Insect Ecdysis.Prothoracicotropic Hormone.Ecdysteroid Chemistry and Biochemistry.Ecdysteroid Agonists and Antagonists.The Ecdysteroid Receptor.Evolution of Nuclear Receptor Hormone Receptors in Insects.The Juvenile Hormones.Feedback Regulation of Prothoracic Gland Activity.Hormonal Control of Reproductive Processes.Hormones Controlling Homeostasis in Insects.Circadian Organization of the Endocrine System.Hormonal Control of Diapause.Endocrine Control of Insect Polyphenism.Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Pheromone Production.Molecular Basis of Pheromone Detection in Insects.Endocrinology of Crustacea and Chelicerata. Volume 4 - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Insect Cytochrome P450.Cuticular Proteins.Chitin Metabolism in Insects.Cuticular Sclerotization and Tanning.Biochemistry of Digestion.Lipid Transport.Proteases.Lipocalins and Structurally Related Ligand-binding Proteins.Eicosanoids.Ferritin.Tick-talk: The Cellular and Molecular Biology of Drosophila Circadian Rhythms.Insect Transposable Elements.Transposable Elements for Insect Transformation.Insect Cell Culture and Recombinant Protein Expression Systems. Volume 5 - Pharmacology. Sodium channels.The Insecticidal Macrocyclic Lactones.Neonicotinoid Insecticides.GABA Receptors of Insects.Insect G Protein-Coupled Receptors: Recent Discoveries and Implications.Scorpion Venoms.Spider Toxins and their Potential for Insect Control.Insecticidal Toxins from Photorhabdus and Xenorhadbus.Amino Acid and Neurotransmitter Transporters.Biochemical Genetics and Genomics of Insect Esterases.Glutathione Transferases.Insect Transformation for Use in Control. Volume 6 - Control.Pyrethroids.Indoxycarb and the Sodium Channel Blockers: Chemistry, Physiology and Biology in Insects.Insect Growth-and Development-Disrupting Insecticides.Azadirachtin, a Natural Product in Insect Control.The Spinosyns - Chemistry, Biochemistry, Mode of Action and Resistance.Bacillus Thuringiensis: Mechanisms and Use.Mosquitocidal Bacillus sphaericus: Toxins, Genetics, Mode of Action, Use and Resistance Mechanisms.Baculoviruses - Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.Genetically Modified Baculoviruses for Pest Insect Control.The Biology and Genomics of Polydnaviruses.Entomopathogenic Fungi and their Role in Regulation of Insect Populations.Pheromones - Function and Use in Insect Control.Volume 7 - Indexes.