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Insect hormones /
H. Frederick Nijhout.
imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1994.
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xi, 267 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0691034664 (cl) :
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imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1994.
isbn
0691034664 (cl) :
catalogue key
508380
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-251) and indexes.
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"This is an excellent and timely book which makes a major contribution to this branch of science. It brings together information about the workings of hormones that control almost every aspect of insect physiology. It is well written, and it will be essential reading for all with more than a passing interest in insect endocrinology, and is thoroughly recommended to students and researchers alike."-- New Scientist
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-02:
Nijhout presents an excellent, up-to-date overview of insect endocrinology. Introductory material on anatomy, hormone action, and experimental methods provides a basis for understanding the major role hormones play in insect biology. Topics include homeostasis, development, diapause, and behavior. Although emphasis is on basic biological mechanisms, some attention is given to applications, i.e., third-generation pesticides. Extensive references, an author index, and boxed information on the chemistry and source of hormones enhance this book's use as a research tool. An important addition for technical collections. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above. D. M. McKinstry; Pennsylvania State University at Erie-Behrend College
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"Frederik Nijhout's book is the first comprehensive and concise review of insect endocrinology for more than twenty years. Much has changed and much has been added in those years, and Insect Hormones therefore fills more a yawning void than a gap. It is an incisive and well-written overview."-- Gaden S. Robinson, The Times Literary Supplement
"This is an excellent and timely book which makes a major contribution to this branch of science. It brings together information about the workings of hormones that control almost every aspect of insect physiology. It is well written, and it will be essential reading for all with more than a passing interest in insect endocrinology, and is thoroughly recommended to students and researchers alike."-- John Edwards, New Scientist
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Summaries
Unpaid Annotation
Insect endocrinology is one of the oldest and most active branches of insect physiology. In this book, H. Frederik Nijhout provides a complete, concise, and up-to- date source for students and nonspecialists seeking an overview of the dynamic and wide-ranging science that insect endocrinology has become since its beginnings nearly eighty years ago in the study of insect metamorphosis. Throughout, the book's emphasis is on the biology of the organism and the ways in which physiological and developmental regulatory mechanisms are integrated into the insect's life cycle. Frederik Nijhout's book is the first comprehensive and concise review of insect endocrinology for more than twenty years. Much has changed and much has been added in those years, and Insect Hormones therefore fills more a yawning void than a gap. It is an incisive and well-written overview. DLGaden S. Robinson, The Times Literary Supplement This is an excellent and timely book which makes a major contribution to this branch of science. It brings together information about the workings of hormones that control almost every aspect of insect physiology. It is well written, and it will be essential reading for all with more than a passing interest in insect endocrinology, and is thoroughly recommended to students and researchers alike. DLJohn Edwards, New Scientist
Unpaid Annotation
Although insect endocrinology is one of the oldest and most active branches of insect physiology, its classic general texts are long out of date, while its abundant primary literature provides little biological context in which to make sense of the discipline as a whole. In this book, H. Frederik Nijhout's goal is to provide a complete, concise, and up-to-date source for students and nonspecialists seeking an overview of the dynamic and wide-ranging science that insect endocrinology has become since its beginnings nearly eighty years ago in the study of insect metamorphosis.The author offers a comprehensive survey of the many roles that hormones play in the biology of insects. Among the topics discussed are the control of molting, metamorphosis, reproduction, caste determination in social insects, diapause, migration, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, diuresis, and behavior. The account features a summary of the most current and accurate thinking on the complex roles of ecdysone and juvenile hormone in the control of metamorphosis, a process still misunderstood and misrepresented in biological textbooks and many professional revie
Main Description
Although insect endocrinology is one of the oldest and most active branches of insect physiology, its classic general texts are long out of date, while its abundant primary literature provides little biological context in which to make sense of the discipline as a whole. In this book, H. Frederik Nijhout's goal is to provide a complete, concise, and up-to-date source for students and nonspecialists seeking an overview of the dynamic and wide-ranging science that insect endocrinology has become since its beginnings nearly eighty years ago in the study of insect metamorphosis. The author offers a comprehensive survey of the many roles that hormones play in the biology of insects. Among the topics discussed are the control of molting, metamorphosis, reproduction, caste determination in social insects, diapause, migration, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, diuresis, and behavior. The account features a summary of the most current and accurate thinking on the complex roles of ecdysone and juvenile hormone in the control of metamorphosis, a process still misunderstood and misrepresented in biological textbooks and many professional reviews. Throughout, the book's emphasis is on the biology of the organism and the ways in which physiological and developmental regulatory mechanisms are integrated into the insect's life cycle.
Table of Contents
Preface
Anatomy of the Insect Endocrine Systemp. 3
Mechanisms of Hormone Action and Experimental Methodsp. 16
Metabolism and Homeostasisp. 33
The Developmental Physiology of Growth, Molting, and Metamorphosisp. 50
The Endocrine Control of Molting and Metamorphosisp. 89
Reproductionp. 142
Diapausep. 160
Polyphenismsp. 176
Hormones and Behaviorp. 197
Epiloguep. 212
Literature Citedp. 215
Author Indexp. 253
Subject Indexp. 260
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