The Physiology of Insecta

The Physiology of Insecta

Volume II

2nd Edition - January 1, 1974

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  • Editor: Morris Rockstein
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266534

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The Physiology of Insecta, Second Edition, Volume II, is part of a multivolume treatise that brings together the known facts, the controversial material, and the many still unsolved and unsettled problems of insect physiology. Since the first edition of this multivolume treatise was published, there has been a notable expansion of scientific endeavor in each of the various aspects of insect physiology. The original three-volume work has now grown to a thoroughly revised six-volume treatise. The book contains nine chapters that focus on the impact of environmental factors on the physiology of insects. The first chapter discusses the influence of temperature on insects, with attention to aspects likely to be of significance in relation to the rate at which individuals are born and die in natural populations. Separate chapters follow on the effects of humidity and radiation. Subsequent chapters deal with insect chemoreception and mechanorception; visual system, with a focus on compound eyes; sound production and the behavior associated with it; luminous insects; and the role of internal circadian oscillations in the life of insects with respect to the ""day"" outside, and on the role of the circadian system in biological time measurement.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors


    Preface to First Edition

    Contents of Other Volumes

    Part A The Insect and the External Environment. I. Environmental Aspects

    Chapter 1. Environmental Aspects—Temperature

    I. Temperature in Relation to the Rate of Birth

    II. Temperature in Relation to the Rate of Death

    III. The Temperature of Insects

    IV. Temperatures of the Environment

    V. The Effect of Temperature on Insect Populations

    VI. Conclusions


    Chapter 2. Environmental Aspects—Humidity

    I. Humidity in Relation to the Rate of Birth

    II. The Water Balance of Insects

    III. Humidity in Relation to the Rate of Death

    IV. Humidities in the Environment

    V. The Behavior of Insects in Relation to Humidity

    VI. The Effect of Humidity on Insect Populations


    Chapter 3. Environmental Aspects: Radiation

    I. Introduction

    II. Action by Excitation

    III. Action by Ionization

    IV. Concluding Remarks


    Part B The Insect and the External Environment. II. Reaction and Interaction

    Chapter 4. Chemoreception

    I. Introduction

    II. Anatomical Basis of Chemoreception

    III. Electrophysiology

    IV. Mechanisms of Excitation

    V. Correlations between Receptor Functions and Behavior


    Chapter 5. The Visual System of Insects

    I. Introduction

    II. The Structural Organization of Compound Eyes

    III. Electrical Activity in the Periphery

    IV. Optics and Image Formation

    V. Physiology of the Visual Process

    VI. Ocelli

    VII. Epilogue


    Chapter 6. Mechanoreception

    I. Introduction

    II. Stimuli and Receptors

    III. The Various Mechanical Senses


    Chapter 7. Sound Production

    I. Introduction

    II. Sound-Producing Mechanisms

    III. Sound Production

    IV. Acoustic Behavior

    V. Application of Insect Sounds to Control


    Chapter 8. Insect Bioluminescence

    I. Introduction

    II. Survey of Luminous Insects

    III. Chemistry of Light Emission in the Lampyridae

    IV. Emission Spectrum in Photinus pyralis

    V. Number of Binding Sites and the Activation of L

    VI. Properties of the Catalytic Site of Firefly Luciferase

    VII. Physical Studies on Luciferase: Conformational Changes during Catalyses

    VIII. Chemiluminescence


    Chapter 9. Circadian Rhythms and Photoperiodism in Insects

    I. Introduction

    II. Circadian Oscillation and Their Entrainment

    III. Circadian Rhythms and Insect Physiology: Temporal Organization

    IV. Biological Time Measurement: Photoperiodism

    V. Conclusions: Unity or Diversity in the Insect Photoperiodic Clock?


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 588
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1974
  • Published: January 1, 1974
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266534

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