About this book
Putting the spotlight on the second most numerous order of insects living today, this book provides a summary of cutting-edge studies of the "Lepidoptera" as an organism in and of itself and as model systems. Leading researchers discuss symbiosis, genomes, sex determination, natural products, ecophysiology, sensory systems, pest control, the sterile insect technique, immunity, evolution and development.
Understanding the biology and genetics of butterflies and moths may lead to new species-selective methods of control, saving billions of dollars in pesticide use and protecting environmental and human health, making the sections on pest control and the sterile insect technique extremely important.
Evolutionary Framework for Lepidoptera Model Systems, A.D. Roe, S.J. Weller, J. Baixeras, J. Brown, M.P. Cummings, D.R. Davis, A.Y. Kawahara, C.S. Parr, J.C. Regier, D. Rubinoff, T.J. Simonsen, N. Wahlberg, and A. Zwick Recent Progress in Silkworm Genetics and Genomics, M.R. Goldsmith Rise and Fall of the W Chromosome in Lepidoptera, F. Marec, K. Sahara, and W. Traut Sex Chromosomes and Sex Determination in Bombyx mori, H. Abe, T. Fujii, and T. Shimada Evolutionary and Developmental Genetics of Butterfly Wing Patterns: Focus on Bicyclus anynana Eyespots, P. Beldade and S.V. Saenko Prospects for Locating Adaptive Genes in Lepidopteran Genomes: A Case Study of Butterfly Color Patterns, S.W. Baxter, O. McMillan, N. Chamberlain, R.H. ffrench-Constant, and C. D. Jiggins Molecular and Physiological Innovations of Butterfly Eyes, M.P. Sison-Mangus and A.D. Briscoe Lepidopteran Circadian Clocks: From Molecules to Behavior, C. Merlin and S.M. Reppert Lepidopteran Chemoreceptors, K.W. Wanner and H.M. Robertson Sexual Communication in Lepidoptera: A Need for Wedding Genetics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology, F. Gould, A.T. Groot, G.M. Vasquez, and C. Schal Genetics of Host Range in Lepidoptera, S.J. Oppenheim and K.R. Hopper Genetics and Molecular Biology of the Major Crop Pest Genus Helicoverpa, K. Gordon, W. Tek Tay, D. Collinge, A. Williams, and P. Batterham Molecular Genetics of Insecticide Resistance in Lepidoptera, D.G. Heckel Innate Immune Responses of Manduca sexta, M.R. Kanost and J.B. Nardi Lepidopterans as Model Mini-Hosts for Human Pathogens and as a Resource for Peptide Antibiotics, A. Vilcinskas Intrahemocoelic Toxins for Lepidopteran Pest Management, N.R. Schmidt and B.C. Bonning The Interactions between Polydnavirus-Carrying Parasitoids and Their Lepidopteran Hosts, M.R. Strand Densovirus Resistance in Bombyx mori, K. Kadono-Okuda Index
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA Institute of Entomology, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic University of California, Riverside, USA