The Physiology of Insecta - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780125916028, 9781483266534

The Physiology of Insecta

2nd Edition

Volume II

Editors: Morris Rockstein
eBook ISBN: 9781483266534
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1974
Page Count: 588
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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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Morris Rockstein

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