Insect Molecular Genetics

An Introduction to Principles and Applications


  • Marjorie Hoy, Insitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.A.

Insect Molecular Genetics, Third Edition, summarizes and synthesizes two rather disparate disciplines-entomology and molecular genetics. This volume provides an introduction to the techniques and literature of molecular genetics; defines terminology; and reviews concepts, principles, and applications of these powerful tools. The world of insect molecular genetics, once dominated by Drosophila, has become much more diverse, especially with the sequencing of multiple arthropod genomes (from spider mites to mosquitoes). This introduction includes discussion of honey bees, mosquitoes, flour beetles, silk moths, fruit flies, aphids, house flies, kissing bugs, cicadas, butterflies, tsetse flies and armyworms.This book serves as both a foundational text and a review of a rapidly growing literature. With fully revised and updated chapters, the third edition will be a valuable addition to the personal libraries of entomologists, geneticists, and molecular biologists.
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Advanced undergraduates, beginning graduate students, faculty and researchers that need a primer of molecular genetics as it relates to entomology. Libraries at institutions with strong programs in entomology, pest control, biological control, insect pathology, and molecular genetics.


Book information

  • Published: April 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-415874-0


"Hoy presents this third edition of her molecular entomology textbook, with updated material on genetic modification, sequencing, and symbiosis. The author notes that although the title refers to insects, other arthropods such as ticks and mites are increasingly contributing to related knowledge."--Reference & Research Book News, October 2013

Table of Contents

PART I: GENES AND GENOME ORGANIZATION IN EUKARYOTES1. DNA, Gene Structure, and DNA Replication2. Transcription, Translation, and Regulation of Eukaryotic DNA3. Nuclear and Extranuclear DNA in Insects4. Genetic Systems, Genome Evolution, and Genetic Control of Embryonic Development in InsectsPART II: MOLECULAR GENETIC TECHNIQUES5. Some Basic Tools: How to Cut, Paste, Copy, Measure, Visualize, and Clone DNA6. Some Additional Tools For the Molecular Biologist7. DNA Sequencing and the Evolution of the "-Omics"8. DNA Amplification by the Polymerase Chain Reaction: Molecular Biology Made Accessible9. Transposable-Element Vectors and Other Methods To Genetically Modify Drosophila and Other InsectsPART III: APPLICATIONS IN ENTOMOLOGY10. Sex Determination in Insects11. Molecular Genetics of Insect Behavior12. Molecular Systematics and Evolution of Arthropods13. Insect Population Ecology and Molecular Genetics14. Genetic Modification of Pest and Beneficial Insects for Pest Management ProgramsGlossaryIndex