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The Biology of the Insect Midgut

Edited By: MJ Lehane and PB Billingsley

486 pages, Figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1996 | #52728 | ISBN: 041261670X
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Advanced text for postgraduate students and researchers in entomology covering the important primary site for digestion and parasite development.

'This book provides an in-depth review of the physiology of the insect midgut. The volume is timely as there has recently been an upsurge in interest in insect digestive physiology.' Zoologie


Structure and ultrastructure of the insect midgut. Midgut development. Midgut endocrine cells. The peritrophic membrane. Structural molecules in the insect midgut. Digestive enzyme control. Compartmentalization of digestion. Ion transport and fluid regulation in lepidoptera. Amino acid absorption in insect midgut. Absorption: lipids and sugars. Guts as an immunological target. Bacillus thuringiensis. Antinutritive plant defence mechanisms. Symbionts in the midgut. Insect transmitted pathogens in the insect midgut.

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