Comprehensive Molecular Insect Science, Seven-Volume Set

1st Edition



  • Kostas Iatrou
  • Sarjeet Gill
  • Description

    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

    Key Features

    Key Features: * Revised edition of critically acclaimed Comprehensive Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology (1985, Pergamon Press, 13 Volume Set) * Written by a distinguished international group of contributors * Well-organized format provides for concise, readable entries, easy searches, and thorough cross-references * Complete up-to-date coverage of many important topics - essential information for scientists, students, and professionals alike


    Insect researchers, developmental biologists, molecular biologists.

    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


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    About the authors

    Kostas Iatrou

    Kostas Iatrou is the Director of the "Insect Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology" Research Group at the Institute of Biology, NCSR "Demokritos" and an adjunct Professor of the University of Calgary. He is the former Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada and Director of the Institute of Biology, National Institute of Scientific Research "Demokritos", Athens Greece. His major research interests are in the areas of insect cell differentiation, development and reproduction. His parallel research activities include the development of insect, insect cell and insect virus-based functional genomics tools and technologies that can be used for a wide variety of biotechnological applications impacting on the fields of insect pest control human disease treatment.

    Sarjeet Gill

    Sarjeet S. Gill is Professor of Cell Biology in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside, and Entomologist in the Agricultural Experimental Station on the same campus. His research interests are in biochemistry, molecular biology and insect toxicology, with a focus on mechanisms of bacterial and viral pathogenesis, and the role of the midgut and Malpighian tubules in insect homeostasis. Dr. Gill's research also employs the use of whole genome tools to analyze gene function. His research has been continually funded through the NIH and USDA, he continues to serve on national and international committees related to his research interests, and is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.