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Insect Physiology and Biochemistry

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Insect Physiology and Biochemistry

Employing the clear, student-friendly style that made previous editions so...

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By: James L Nation, Sr. (Author)

544 pages, b/w plates, illustrations, tables

CRC Press

Hardback | May 2008 | Edition: 2 | #171280 | ISBN-13: 9781420061772
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Based on nearly 40 years of teaching, this best-selling text presents a clear description of the principles, fundamentals, and terminology of insect physiology. This revised edition features new chapters on insect immunity, insect flight, and diapause in insects. This edition also includes updated additional information on insect hormones and development. This comprehensive reference source offers an in-depth discussion of the relationship between insect physiology and animal behavior and ecology. Containing 1500 references to assist in further study, Insect Physiology and Biochemistry also examines the significance of physiology work within the context of insect pest management and control.

"[...] a welcome addition to the literature."
– Thomas Miller, University of California, Riverside, USA

"Insect Physiology and Biochemistry provides an excellent introduction of the subjects for graduate students and advanced undergraduates for whom it is written and will serve as a primer for the non specialist eager to employ insects as their research models. The text is clear, well arranged, and a pleasure to read. It presents the broad concepts and focuses on contemporary references [...] In all, this textbook is an impressive work, emblematic of Nation's ability to present clearly the salient highlights of insect physiology and biochemistry. Its wide adoption as a teaching text is assured.
– William S. Bowers, The University of Arizona, Tuscon, USA Journal of Chemical Ecology, Vol. 28, No. 12


"[...] This 2nd edition textbook does a nice job of presenting information to students. The 2nd edition of course has been updated. Each chapter has received some updating with most noticeable improvements to the figures. The font has not changed but a better paper has been used to make the text and figures easier to read. The front cover might even be more visually appealing to some, although the content is what is important. In addition several chapters have been added to improve the 2nd edition. One is on diapauses and one about immunity. These were added in response to suggestions made by reviewers of the first edition and are important aspects to include in a text on insect physiology. Studies on diapauses have occurred for quite some time, but more recent insights into the molecular mechanisms behind diapause were also included. Insect immunity is an area of insect physiology that is currently receiving a considerable amount of research attention. This chapter provides students with an overview of this important topic. [...] Other changes that have improved the second edition are the expansion of chapters on vision and flight. The new edition has been improved with the addition of some color plates placed in the middle of the book. [...]

I would recommend this textbook to all students, faculty, and other scholars studying insects. The new edition is improved and covers almost every aspect of insect physiology. Every student of entomology should have a course in insect physiology and up to date textbooks are required to help teach these courses. James Nation has taught insect physiology and other courses for quite some time and has incorporated that knowledge into this textbook. The references at the end of each chapter are invaluable to new students and old who want to find out more information about certain topics. As more biologists become interested in insects as more genomes are sequenced they will want to know more about how the genes they are studying fit into the physiology and biochemistry of insects in general. Control measures based more on the specifics of insect physiology will also be developed in the future and background information will be required to exploit these technologies. This textbook will provide that background information.

– Russell Jurenka, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University, Ames, in Florida Entomologist


- Embryogenesis and Development to Hatching
- Digestive System Morphology and Physiology
- Insect Nutrition
- The Integument
- Hormonal Control of Molting and Metamorphosis
- Intermediary Metabolism: Major Pathways
- The Nervous System: Anatomy and Basic Functions
- Bioelectricity: Physiology of Neurons and Synapses
- Muscle Structure and Function
- Sensory Physiology
- The Circulatory System
- The Tracheal System
- The Excretory System
- Pheromonal Communication in Insects
- Reproduction

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