Cockroaches offer a useful and inexpensive alternative to traditional laboratory animals, yet most researchers are unfamiliar with their biology. This unique and comprehensive cockroach handbook is written for everyone from novice to expert. It addresses every aspect of cockroach biology, with a particular emphasis on the neuroendocrine system. Liberally illustrated chapters include such topics as cockroach culture, anatomy, behavior, and various experimental techniques. One of the few available books to provide broad coverage of the neurobiology of a single organism, this second volume is a must for all researchers in biomedical or veterinary fields, as well as for entomologists.
Table of Contents
Section 4: Neurohormones and Neurotransmitters 13. Pesticides as Chemical Signals: Hormones to Transmitters 14. Proctolin in the Cockroach: Providing Model Systems for Studying Neuropeptide Transmission 15. Isolation and Chemical Characterization of Cockroach Neuropeptides- The Myotropic and Hyperglycemic Peptides 16. Neurobiology of Opioids in Leucophaea maderae 17. Octopamine, Dopamine and 5-Hydroxytryptamine in the Cockroach Nervous System 18. Toxicology and Pharmacology of Neuroactive Agents in the Cockroach Section 5: Metabolic Frequency 19. Neuroendocrine Regulation of Fat Body Metabolism 20. Regulation of Vitellogenesis in Cockroaches 21. Regulation of Corpus Allatum Activity in Adult Females of the Viviparous Cockroach Diploptera punctate 22. Neuroendocrine Regulation of Pheromone Production in Cockroaches Section 6: Sense Organs, Plasticty and Behavior 23. Structure and Function of the Visual Systems of the American Cockroach 24. Circadian Organization in the Cockroach 25. Mechanoreceptors: Exteroceptors and Proprioceptors 26. Chemoreception 27. Learning and Memory in Cockroaches: Methods and Analyses 28. The Cockroach Nervous System as a Model for Aging
Ivan Huber is Professor Emeritus of Biology Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ, US.