Insects have evolved very unique and interesting tactics using chemical signals to survive. Chemical ecology illustrates the working of the biological network by means of chemical analyses. Recent advances in analytical technology have opened the way to a better understanding of the more complicated and abyssal interactions of insects with other organisms including plants and microbes. This book covers recent research on insects and chemical communications and presents the current status about challenges faced by chemical ecologists for the management of pests in agriculture and human health.
Table of Contents
Chemical Ecology of Insects and Associated Plants and Microbes. Plant Secondary Metabolites in Host Selection of Butterfly. Function of the Lepidopteran Larval Midgut in Plant Defense Mechanisms. Chemically-mediated Interactions between Cucurbits, Insects, and Microbes. Chemoecology and Behavior of Parasitic Nematode—Host Interactions: Implications for Management. Microbial Endosymbionts and Chemical Ecology. Chemical Ecology of Yeasts Associated with Insects. Applications of Insect Chemical Ecology to Agriculture, Environment Conservation, and Public Health. Application of Trail Pheromones to Management of Pest Ants. Female Sex Pheromones and Mating Behavior in Diurnal Moths: Implications for Conservation Biology. Mating Disruption: Concepts and Keys for Effective Application. Applied Chemical Ecology to Enhance Insect Parasitoid Efficacy in the Biological Control of Crop Pests. Challenges in Chemical Ecology for the Management of Vector-borne Diseases of Humans and Livestock.
Jun Tabata works as a Senior Researcher in the Biodiversity Division of the National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences.