Symbionts and PathogensEdited by
- Nancy Beckage
- Jean-Michel Drezen
Insect microbiologists, virologists, molecular biologists and geneticists; entomologists, pest management specialists, vector biologists, and biological control researchers and practitioners; the biotechnological, industrial, and medical communities; academic faculty and graduate/upper undergraduate students studying in these areas; research directors and laboratory scientists in basic and applied sciences.
Hardbound, 312 Pages
Published: September 2011
Imprint: Academic Press
"To avoid over use of pesticides, biological control programs employ the more environmentally safe alternative of parasitoids, which are insects that kill their insect hosts in pre-reproductive stages. At work are viruses that have evolved intimate associations with parasitoids<-->symbiotic viruses integrated into the wasp chromosomal DNA (polydnaviruses), and parasitoid venoms, which are of interest to the pharmaceutical and medical communities. The subject has been addressed in journals, but the editors perceived that this field was ripe for a book-length publication. Beckage (emerita; entomology, cell biology, neuroscience, U. of California- Riverside) and Drezen (insect biology, UniversitÃ© Francois Rabelais, France) enlisted 22 contributed chapters and arranged material in sections on parasitoid polydnaviruses<-->evolution, genomics, and systematics; unique attributes of viruses and virus-like particles associated with parasitoids; venoms; and the future<-->applications in agriculture. Academic Press is an imprint of Elsevier."--Reference and Research Book News, October 2012