Biology of grasshoppers /
edited by R.F. Chapman, A. Joern.
New York : Wiley, c1990.
x, 563 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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New York : Wiley, c1990.
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"A Wiley-Interscience publication."
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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The often mythic status accorded migratory locust plagues and the severe economic impact of which they, along with grasshoppers, are capable have been a chief motive behind research into those insects. But acridoids are also ideal organisms for studying problems of basic biology, not to mention their significance in a number of other areas of research. That they are interesting subjects of research is one of the premises at work in this book. The other is that a multidimensional view of acridoids is necessary to appreciate fully their observable biological responses. Reflecting the considerable refinement in research techniques that has occurred since Uvarov's classic on physiology and behavior of Acridoidea, this book offers new information in the field made possible by the advent of radar and electron microscopy, recent developments in electrophysiology, and new paradigms, especially in approaches to population biology. Biology of Grasshoppers comprises articles authored by a number of specialists in a variety of related disciplines. Among the topics covered are:Chemoreception, food selection, feeding, nutritionWater and temperature regulationPheromones, chemical communication, mating systemsFlight and migration, population dynamicsPathogenic diseases and color pattern polymorphismWith studies ranging from the molecular to the evolutionary scales, Biology of Grasshoppers presents a diversity of topics in a context that emphasizes the functioning of the whole organism. Providing many insights into general biological principles through the study of Acridoidea, its organismal approach juxtaposes chapters from scientists with very different backgrounds to provide links among disciplines that are too often ignored.
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This timely and important work, edited by two well-recognized authorities in the area, offers valuable insights gleaned since Uvarov's classic volumes on the behavior and physiology of acridoids (Grasshoppers and Locusts, v.1, CH, Nov'66; v.2, 1977). In addition to the new information made available by recent paradigms and technological advances, this book also emphasizes the role of acridoids as ideal organisms for the investigation of fundamental questions in basic biology. To that end, the scope of the text is reasonably broad and incorporates the views of 20 experts in acridology. Chapters are devoted to chemoreceptors; food selection, feeding patterns, and nutrition; water and thermoregulation; jumping, flight, and migration; hormonal control of flight metabolism and phase polymorphism; chemical communication, and pheromones and phase transformations; color pattern polymorphism; population dynamics and regulation; and effects of host plants on territory-based mating systems. Although the writing style is somewhat uneven, the text is reasonably well written and logically organized. The figures and tables are quite informative and well integrated with the body of the text. Chapman and Joern's book should be in undergraduate academic libraries as well as in the reference libraries of scientists and graduate students working in the research areas of animal physiology, behavioral biology, entomology, and pest control. -S. L. Smith, Bowling Green State University
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Table of Contents
The Chemoreceptors
Food Selection
The Pattern of Feeding
Water Regulation
Grasshopper Thermoregulation
Jumping in Orthoptera
Hormonal Control of Flight Metabolism in Locusts
Flight and Migration in Acridoids
Territory-Based Mating Systems in Desert Grasshoppers: Effects of Host Plant Distribution and Variation
Pheromones and Phase Transformation in Locusts
Grasshopper Chemical Communication
The Endocrine Basis of Locust Phase Polymorphism
Population Dynamics and Regulation in Grasshoppers
Pathogenic Diseases of Grasshoppers
Color Pattern Polymorphism
Subject Index
Species Index
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