Physiology of Ticks focuses on the unique (and probably the most vulnerable) features of tick physiology and the physiological aspects of tick interactions with their hosts. The mechanisms used by non-feeding ticks to maintain their water balance are examined, along with the salivary mechanisms used by feeding ixodid ticks for excreting the enormous excess volumes of water and salts taken in during blood sucking. This book is comprised of 13 chapters and begins with a description of the morphology, deposition, and components of the tick cuticle. The discussion then turns to humidity relationships and water balance of ticks, as well as the sensory basis of tick feeding behavior and the immunological basis of host resistance to ticks. Subsequent chapters explore blood digestion in ticks; tick reproduction, with emphasis on sperm development, cytogenetics, oogenesis, and oviposition; effects of insect hormones and their mimics on tick development and reproduction; and the mechanisms of tick pheromones. The final chapter deals with diapause and biological rhythms in ticks. This monograph will be of value to entomologists, physiologists, biologists, and practitioners of tropical science.
Chapter 1 The Tick Cuticle Chapter 2 Humidity Relationships and Water Balance of Ticks Chapter 3 The Sensory Basis of Tick Feeding Behavior Chapter 4 Tick Attachment and Feeding: Role of the Mouthparts, Feeding Apparatus, Salivary Gland Secretions, and the Host Response Chapter 5 Immunological Basis of Host Resistance to Ticks Chapter 6 Blood Digestion in Ticks Chapter 7 Ion and Water Balance in Feeding Ticks: Mechanisms of Tick Excretion Chapter 8 Tick Reproduction: Sperm Development and Cytogenetics Chapter 9 Tick Reproduction: Oogenesis and Oviposition Chapter 10 Structure and Function of the Circulatory, Nervous, and Neuroendocrine Systems of Ticks Chapter 11 Endocrine Mechanisms in Ticks: Effects of Insect Hormones and their Mimics on Development and Reproduction Chapter 12 Tick Pheromone Mechanisms Chapter 13 Diapause and Biological Rhythms in Ticks Index
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- © Pergamon 1982
- 1st January 1982
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