Biology of Disease Vectors

Biology of Disease Vectors

2nd Edition - December 2, 2004

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  • Editor: William Marquardt
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080494067

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Biology of Disease Vectors presents a comprehensive and advanced discussion of disease vectors and what the future may hold for their control. This edition examines the control of disease vectors through topics such as general biological requirements of vectors, epidemiology, physiology and molecular biology, genetics, principles of control and insecticide resistance. Methods of maintaining vectors in the laboratory are also described in detail.No other single volume includes both basic information on vectors, as well as chapters on cutting-edge topics, authored by the leading experts in the field. The first edition of Biology of Disease Vectors was a landmark text, and this edition promises to have even more impact as a reference for current thought and techniques in vector biology.

Key Features

Current - each chapter represents the present state of knowledge in the subject area
Authoritative - authors include leading researchers in the field
Complete - provides both independent investigator and the student with a single reference volume which adopts an explicitly evolutionary viewpoint throuoghout all chapters.
Useful - conceptual frameworks for all subject areas include crucial information needed for application to difficult problems of controlling vector-borne diseases


medical entomologists; advanced students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty as well as grad students and some biology and zoology undergraduates; pre-med students; federal agencies and biotechnology companies; John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and World Health Organization

Table of Contents

  • I. Introduction and Vectors
    The Arthropods
    Evolution of Arthropod Disease Vectors
    Mites and Disease
    Ticks, the Ixodida
    Kissing Bugs and Bedbugs, the Heteroptera
    Lice, the Phthiraptera
    Fleas, the Siphonaptera
    Introduction to the Diptera
    Mosquitoes, the Culicidae
    The Biting Midges, The Ceratopogonidae (Diptera)
    Black Flies, the Simuliidae
    Phlebotamine Sand Flies, the Psychodidae
    Tsetse Flies, the Glossinidae, and Transmission of African Trypanosomes
    II. Epidemiology and Surveillance
    Natural Cycles of Vector-Borne Pathogens
    Population Biology as a Tool to Study Vector-Borne Diseases
    Use of Geographic Information System Methods in the Study of Vector-Borne Diseases
    Invasive Species and Emerging Vector-Borne Infections
    Molecular Techniques for Epidemiology and the Evolution of Arthropod-Borne Pathogens
    Surveillance of Vector-Borne Diseases
    III. Physiology of Insects and Acarines
    Vector Olfaction and Behavior
    The Adult Midgut: Structure and Function
    The Peritrophic Matrix of Hematophagous Insects
    Vector Nutrition and Energy Metabolism
    Mosquito Endocrinology
    Vitellogenesis of Disease Vectors, from Physiology to Genes
    Osmotic and Ionic Regulation by Mosquitoes
    Immune Responses of Vectors
    Blood-Feeding Arthropod Salivary Glands and Saliva
    IV. Vector Genetics
    Systematic Relationships Among Disease Vectors
    Genetics of Vector Competence
    Genome Evolution in Mosquitoes
    Population Genetics of Disease Vectors
    Molecular Taxonomy and Systematics of Arthropod Vectors
    V. Molecular Biology of Insects and Acarines
    A Brief Introduction to Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Transmission of Vector-Borne Pathogens
    Cultured Cells as A Tool for Analysis of Gene Expression
    Genomics and Gene Expression in Vectors
    Analysis of Stage- and Tissue-Specific Gene Expression in Insect Vectors
    Gene Expression in Acarines
    Virus-Induced, Transient Expression of Genes in Mosquitoes
    Stable Transformation of Vector Species
    VI. Control of Insects and Acarines
    Chemical Control of Vectors and Mechanisms of Resistance
    Environmental Management for Vector Control
    Biological Control of Mosquitoes
    Genetic Control of Vectors
    Immunological Control of Vectors
    VII. Special Methods as Applied to Vectors of Disease Agents
    Transgenic Mosquitoes and DNA Research Safeguards
    Gene Bank Data for Hematophagous Arthropods
    The Containment of Arthropod Vectors
    Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infestation of Ticks in the Laboratory Setting
    Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Human Body Lice
    Care, Maintenance, and Handling of Infected Triatomines
    Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Fleas (Siphonaptera)
    Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Mosquitoes
    Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Biting Midges
    Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Black Fies
    Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Phlebotomine Sand Flies
    Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Tsetse Flies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 816
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2004
  • Published: December 2, 2004
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080494067

About the Editor

William Marquardt

William C. Marquardt is Emeritus Professor of Zoology at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, where he has been affiliated since 1966. Professor Marquardt received his Ph.d. from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1954. He was a member of the Center of Zoonoses Research at the Unversity of Illinois from 1962-66 and Associate Director of the Arthropod-Borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory at Colorado State University from 1987 to 1995. His publications include approximately 75 refereed papers in periodicals, four books, as well as book reviews and chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, U.S.A.

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