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Insect Hydrocarbons
Biology, Biochemistry, and Chemical Ecology

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Gary J. Blomquist, Anne-Geneviève Bagnères, Claude Wicker-Thomas, Thomas Chertemps, Allen Gibbs, Subhash Rajpurohit, Jocelyn Millar, James S. Buckner, Mamiko Ozaki, Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jelle S. van Zweden, Patrizia d'Ettorre, Michael Green, Juergen Liebig, Cristina Lorenzi, Jean-François Ferveur, Matthew Cobb, Marie Trabalon, Matthew D. Ginzel, Robert Bartelt, Abraham Hefetz
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  • Date Published: March 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521898140

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  • A unique and critical analysis of the wealth of research conducted on the biology, biochemistry and chemical ecology of the rapidly growing field of insect cuticular hydrocarbons. Authored by leading experts in their respective fields, the twenty chapters show the complexity that has been discovered in the nature and role of hydrocarbons in entomology. Covers, in great depth, aspects of chemistry (structures, qualitative and quantitative analysis), biochemistry (biosynthesis, molecular biology, genetics, evolution), physiology, taxonomy, and ecology. Clearly presents to the reader the array of data, ideas, insights and historical disagreements that have been accumulated during the past half century. An emphasis is placed on the role of insect hydrocarbons in chemical communication, especially among the social insects. Includes the first review on the chemical synthesis of insect hydrocarbons. The material presented is a major resource for current researchers and a source of ideas for new researchers.

    • A unique critical review of the biology, biochemistry and chemical ecology of insect hydrocarbons, and therefore an important resource for current researchers and those new to the field
    • Featuring emphasis on the role of insect hydrocarbons in chemical communication, especially among the social insects
    • With contributions from leading researchers in the field, providing a cutting-edge analysis
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    • Date Published: March 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521898140
    • length: 506 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 180 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.13kg
    • contains: 87 b/w illus. 28 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part 1. Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physiology:
    1. Introduction: History and overview of insect hydrocarbons Gary J. Blomquist and Anne-Geneviève Bagnères
    2. Structure and analysis of insect hydrocarbons Gary J. Blomquist
    3. Biosynthesis of cuticular hydrocarbon Gary J. Blomquist
    4. Molecular biology and genetics of hydrocarbon production Claude Wicker-Thomas and Thomas Chertemps
    5. Site of synthesis, mechanism of transport and selective deposition of hydrocarbons Anne-Geneviève Bagnères and Gary J. Blomquist
    6. Cuticular and water balance Allen Gibbs and Subhash Rajpurohit
    7. Chemical taxonomy with hydrocarbons Anne-Geneviève Bagnères and Claude Wicker-Thomas
    8. Chemical synthesis of insect cuticular hydrocarbons Jocelyn Millar
    9. Oxygenated derivatives of hydrocarbons James S. Buckner
    Part II. Chemical Communication:
    10. Perception and olfaction of cuticular compounds Mamiko Ozaki and Ayako Wada-Katsumata
    11. Nestmate recognition in social insects and the role of hydrocarbons. Jelle S. van Zweden and Patrizia d'Ettorre
    12. Cuticular hydrocarbon cues in the formation and maintenance of insect social groups Michael Green
    13. Hydrocarbon profiles indicate fertility and dominance status in ant, bee, and wasp colonies Juergen Liebig
    14. Chemical deception/mimicry using cuticular hydrocarbons Anne-Geneviève Bagnères and Cristina Lorenzi
    15. Behavioral and evolutionary roles of cuticular hydrocarbons in Diptera Jean-François Ferveur and Matthew Cobb
    16. Contact recognition pheromones in scorpions and spiders Marie Trabalon and Anne-Geneviève Bagnères
    17. Hydrocarbons as contact pheromones of longhorned beetles Matthew D. Ginzel
    18. Polyene hydrocarbons, epoxides, and related compounds as components of lepidopteran pheromone blends Jocelyn Millar
    19. Volatile hydrocarbon pheromones from beetles Robert Bartelt
    20. New areas of research on insect hydrocarbons and conclusion Abraham Hefetz, Claude Wicker-Thomas and Anne-Geneviève Bagnères.

  • Editors

    Gary J. Blomquist, University of Nevada, Reno
    Gary J. Blomquist is the chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has published over 200 original research papers, reviews, chapters and books, including co-editing the books Pheromone Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (with R. G. Vogt, 2003) and Pheromone Biochemistry (with G. D. Prestwich, 1987). His work has been cited over 4500 times (ISI). Much of Blomquist's research career has involved the study of insect hydrocarbons with an emphasis on their biosynthesis, endocrine regulation and chemical analyses. He published his first paper on insect hydrocarbons 40 years ago (1969) and has remained active in this field, collaborating with many of the early leaders in the field including Larry Jackson, Dennis Nelson, Ralph Howard, Coby Schal and Anne-Geneviève Bagnères.

    Anne-Geneviève Bagnères, CNRS - Université de Tours
    Anne-Geneviève Bagnères is Director of Research at the C.N.R.S. and team leader at the Institut de Recherche sur la Biologie de l'Insecte (IRBI) in Tours, France. She completed a PhD on the role of cuticular hydrocarbons in social insects at the University of Paris 6 in 1989, and received the Chancellerie of the Universities of Paris Prize for her PhD work. She spent a year of postdoctoral studies in David Morgan's laboratory in 1990, and a sabbatical in 1996–7 in the laboratories of Gary Blomquist and Coby Schal. A-GB is primarily interested in chemical ecology of social insects where she continues to be a leading contributor and proponent of the concept of chemical signature. While her primary research focuses on termites, she participates in several collaborative studies involving chemistry of other insects. She is an active member of the International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE) and the bureau of the French section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects. She has published nearly 100 original research papers, reviews and chapters.

    Contributors

    Gary J. Blomquist, Anne-Geneviève Bagnères, Claude Wicker-Thomas, Thomas Chertemps, Allen Gibbs, Subhash Rajpurohit, Jocelyn Millar, James S. Buckner, Mamiko Ozaki, Ayako Wada-Katsumata, Jelle S. van Zweden, Patrizia d'Ettorre, Michael Green, Juergen Liebig, Cristina Lorenzi, Jean-François Ferveur, Matthew Cobb, Marie Trabalon, Matthew D. Ginzel, Robert Bartelt, Abraham Hefetz

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