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Biology and Ecology of Aphids

1st Edition

Edited by Andreas Vilcinskas

CRC Press

282 pages | 16 Color Illus. | 16 B/W Illus.

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Description

Most people know of aphids as garden pests, infesting the soft green tissues of plants in vast numbers and killing them by sucking out the sap. Indeed, among the 4000 or so known species of aphids about 250 are pests, and in temperate regions several are economically important agricultural pests that damage crops directly during feeding or act as vectors for plant pathogens. But aphids are also important model organisms in evolutionary biology and ecology because they combine a number of unique features such as complex life cycles involving the development of morphological distinct phenotypes (polyphenism), sexual and asexual reproduction strategies and changes of host plants.

Aphids can also be regarded as holobionts because they are colonized by obligate and facultative microbes which enable them to feed exclusively on phloem sap and influence their resistance against pathogens, parasitoids or environmental stress. This book combines fundamental information about aphids with chapters addressing state-of-the-art research in topics such as aphid-related phylogeny, genome biology, epigenetics and chemical ecology.

Table of Contents

Phylogeny of the Aphids

Lars Podsiadlowski

The Ontogenesis of the Pea Aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum

Henrike Schmidtberg

Functional and Evolutionary Genomics in Aphids

Denis Tagu, Federica Calevro, Stefano Colella, Toni Gabaldón and Akiko Sugio

Epigenetic Control of Polyphenism in Aphids

Krishnendu Mukherjee and Arne F. Baudach

Bacterial Symbionts of Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

Marisa Skaljac

Aphid Immunity

Andreas Vilcinskas

Aphid Molecular Stress Biology

Laramy S. Enders and Nicholas J. Miller

The Effect of Plant Within-Species Variation on Aphid Ecology

Sharon E. Zytynska and Wolfgang Weisser

Chemical Ecology of Aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

Antoine Boullis and François J. Verheggen

Aphid Honeydew: Rubbish or Signaler

Klaus H. Hoffmann

Function of Aphid Saliva in Aphid-Plant Interaction

Torsten Will

Biotechnological Approaches to Aphid Management

Benjamin R. Deist and Bryony C. Bonning

Aphid Techniques

Torsten Will

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT001000
NATURE / Animals / General
SCI025000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
SCI049000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology
SCI086000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General