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Insect Biotechnology provides a fascinating overview about current and sophisticated developments in applied entomology that are powered by molecular biology and that can be summarized under a novel term: insect biotechnology. By analogy with the application of powerful molecular biological tools in medicine (red biotechnology), plant protection (green biotechnology) and industrial processing (white biotechnology), insect biotechnology (yellow biotechnology) provides novel tools and strategies for human welfare and nutrition. Insect biotechnology has emerged as a prospering discipline with considerable economic potential, and encompasses the use of insect model organisms and insect-derived molecules in medical research as well as in modern plant protection measures.
Part 1: Insect Biotechnology in Medicine
1: The greater wax moth Galleria mellonella as an alternative model host for human pathogens; Krishnendu Mukherjee, Eugen, Domann, Torsten Hain
2: Fruit flies as models in biomedical research - a Drosophila asthma model; Thomas, Roeder, Kerstin Isermann, Christina Wagner, Christine Warmbold
3: Therapeutic potential of antimicrobial peptides from insects; Jochen Wiesner, Andreas Vilcinskas
4: From traditional maggot therapy to modern biosurgery; Andreas Vilcinskas
5: Insect-associated microorganisms as source for novel secondary metabolites with therapeutic potential; Helge Bode,
6: Potential pharmaceuticals from insects and their co-occurring microorganisms; Konrad Dettner
Part 2: Insect Biotechnology in Plant Protection
7: Insect antimicrobial peptides as new weapons against plant pathogens; Carin Jansen, Karl-Heinz Kogel
8: Protection of Crops against Insect Pests using RNA Interference; John Gatehouse, Daniel Price
9: Insect Transgenesis and the Sterile insect technique; Marc Schetelig, Ernst Wimmer
Part 3: Industrial applications of Insect Biotechnology
10: Insect cells for heterologous protein expression; Christoph Becker-Pauly, Walter Stocker
11: Biotechnologies based on silk; Frantisek Sehnal
12: Biosensors on the basis of insect olfaction; Sebastian, Paczkowski, Bernd Weissbecker, Michael Schoning, Stefan Schutz
13: Insect-Inspired technologies: Insects as a source for biomimetics; Stanislas Gorb
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