Insect Pheromone Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Biosynthesis and Detection of Pheromones and Plant Volatiles

Edited by

  • Gary Blomquist, University of Nevada, Reno, U.S.A.
  • Richard Vogt, University of South Carolina, Columbia, U.S.A.

A valuable new reference on insect behavior, this exceptional new text delves into the primary sensory communication system used by most insects -- their sense of smell. This important text covers how insects produce pheromones and how they detect pheromones and plant volatiles. Since insects rely on pheromone detection for both feeding and breeding, a better understanding of insect olfaction and pheromone biosynthesis could help curb the behavior of pests without the use of harmful pesticides and even help to reduce the socio-economic impacts associated to human-insect interactions.
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Chemical ecologists, neurobiologists, biologists, chemists, physiologists, entomologists, biochemists, and, molecular biologists


Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-107151-6

Table of Contents

Part 1: PHEROMONE PRODUCTIONBiosynthesis and detection of pheromones and plant volatiles - Introduction and Overview. Biology and ultrastructure of sex pheromone producing tissue . Biochemistry of female moth sex pheromones. Molecular Biological Investigations of Pheromone Desaturases, PBAN regulation of pheromone biosynthesis in female moths. Biosynthesis and endocrine regulation of pheromone production in Coleoptera. Molecular Biology of Pheromone Production in Bark Beetles. Biosynthesis and ecdysteroid regulation of housefly sex pheromone production. Genetic studies on pheromone production in Drosophila. Regulation of pheromone biosynthesis, transport and emission in cockroaches. Pheromone biosynthesis in social insects. Alkaloid-derived pheromones and sexual selection in Lepidoptera. Part 2: PHEROMONE DETECTIONThe biochemical design of pheromone and odor detectionThe biochemistry of odor detection and its future prospects Biochemical Diversity in Odor Detection: OBPs, ODE, and SNMPs. Proteins that make sense. The peripheral pheromone olfactory system in insects: targets for species-selective control agentsBiochemistry and diversity of insect odorant-binding proteins. Biochemistry and evolution of OBP and CSP proteins. Diversity and Expression of Odorant Receptors in Drosophila Transduction Mechanisms of Olfactory Sensory NeuronsThe external and internal environmental factors influencing the biochemical design of pheromone and odor detectionThe Biomechanical Design of an Insect Antenna as an Odor Capture Device Olfactory landscapes and deceptive pollination: signal noise and convergent evolution in floral ScentPhysiology and genetics of odor perception in Drosophila Plasticity and coding mechanisms in the insect antennal lobe