The first edition of Tanada and Kaya’s Insect Pathology is the standard reference in the field for researchers and both undergraduate and graduate students and is well known worldwide among entomologists. However, the field has seen rapid advances in the 20 years since its original publication, and the new edition brings together an essential and updated resource for researchers with 13 chapters edited by Fernando E. Vega and Harry K. Kaya.

Many of these advances involve new insights on ecology as well as phylogenetics and molecular biology of viruses, bacteria, fungi, microsporidia, nematodes, and protists. All these aspects, as well as basic biology, diagnosis, infectious process and pathogenesis, host response, transmission and more, are covered by renowned experts in their respective fields. The second edition of Insect Pathology includes chapters on the history of this discipline, principles of microbial control and epizootiology, diseases of beneficial insects, host resistance, and Wolbachia. This thoroughly illustrated and up-to-date revision will provide insect pathologists, entomologists, microbiologists, mycologists, nematologists, protistologists, ecologists, and practitioners of biological control of insect pests with a solid and much-needed reference.

Key Features

  • Covers all major groups of insect pathogens
  • Includes chapters on the history of insect pathology, principles of microbial control and epizootiology, host resistance, Wolbachia and diseases of beneficial insects
  • Includes contributions from the leading researchers and emerging leaders in their fields


Entomologists, microbiologists, mycologists, nematologists, protistologists, ecologists, and practitioners of biological control of insect pests; academic faculty and graduate/upper undergraduate students studying in these areas; research directors and laboratory scientists in basic and applied sciences

Table of Contents

Insect Pathology, 2nd ed.

Fernando E. Vega and Harry K. Kaya, Editors


May Berenbaum

Chapter 1. Scope and Basic Principles of Insect Pathology

Harry K. Kaya and Fernando E. Vega

Chapter 2 - History of Insect Pathology

Elizabeth W. Davidson

Chapter 3 - Principles of Epizootiology and Microbial Control

David I. Shapiro-Ilan, Denny Bruck, and Lawrence A. Lacey

Chapter 4 - Baculoviruses and Other Occluded Insect Viruses

Robert Harrison and Kelli Hoover

Chapter 5 – RNA Viruses Infecting Pest Insects

Yan Ping Chen, James J. Becnel, and Steven M. Valles

Chapter 6 - Fungal Entomopathogens

Fernando E. Vega, Nicolai V. Meyling, Janet Jennifer Luangsa-ard, and Meredith Blackwell

Chapter 7 – Microsporidian Entomopathogens

Leellen F. Solter, James J. Becnel, and David H. Oi

Chapter 8 - Bacterial Entomopathogens

Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes and Trevor Jackson

Chapter 9 – Wolbachia Infections in Arthropod Hosts

Grant Hughes and Jason L. Rasgon

Chapter 10 - Protistan Entomopathogens

Carlos E. Lange and Jeffrey C. Lord

Chapter 11 – Nematode Parasites and Entomopathogens

Edwin E. Lewis and David J. Clarke

Chapter 12 - From Silkworms to Bees: Diseases of Beneficial Insects

Rosalind R. James and Zengzhi Li

Chapter 13 - Physiology and Ecology of Host Defense Against Microbial Invaders

Jonathan G. Lundgren and Juan Luis Jurat-Fuentes



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"This edited book is an excellent new work spanning the breadth of the field of insect pathology…A new summarization of this field was seriously needed due to the extensive changes in taxonomy, the use of new methods, and resulting explosion in knowledge about all groups of insect pathogens."--The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2013
"This edited book is an excellent new work spanning the breadth of the field of insect pathology…Excellent and useful illustrations (some in color) and tables are provided throughout the volume. References at the end of each chapter can be extensive, making this a great book for advanced students and professionals."--The Quarterly Review of Biology, June 2013
"[N]ominally a second edition of the 1993 text, ‘Insect Pathology’ by Tanada and Kaya (1993), but differs significantly from this earlier book in scope, organization, content and authorship…. The current book is organized into 13 chapters, each authored by very well-chosen experts in their respective fields…. To address the enormity and complexity of their subject area, Vega and Kaya, although authoring some chapters on their own, have taken advantage of expertise from an impressive roster of researchers to deal with the broad spectrum of information presented…. The book is targeted towards advanced undergraduates and graduate level students, and would provide an excellent basis for insect pathology courses, but would also be an indispensable addition to the library of any researcher interested in insect pathology, entomology, biological control, mycology, virology, bacteriology, protozoology, or nematology."--Society for Invertebrate Pathology Newsletter
"19 years after the publication of the 1st edition, the 2nd edition of this text reflects the strides made in the field, and usefully condenses new research and applications into a concise and authoritative text that will benefit a wid