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Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management

1st Edition

Edited by Antônio Ricardo Panizzi, José R. P. Parra

CRC Press

750 pages | 224 B/W Illus.

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The field of insect nutritional ecology has been defined by how insects deal with nutritional and non-nutritional compounds, and how these compounds influence their biology in evolutionary time. In contrast, Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management presents these entomological concepts within the framework of integrated pest management (IPM). It specifically addresses bioecology and insect nutrition in modern agriculture. Written for graduate students and professionals in entomology, this book covers neotropical information in three sections:

  • General Aspects: Basic bioecology and insect nutrition; artificial diets; insect/plant interactions; insect symbionts; the interface of chemical ecology with the food; and insect cannibalism
  • Specific Aspects: Specific feeding guilds of insects including ants, social bees, leaf chewers, seed suckers, seed chewers, root feeders, gall makers, detritivorous feeders, pests of storage grains, fruit flies, aphids, endo- and ectoparasitoids, predators, crisopids, and hematophagous insects
  • Applied Aspects: Host plant resistance and the design of IPM programs in the context of insect bioecology and nutrition

Much of the research on which these chapters were written was done in Brazil and based on its neotropical fauna. The complexity and diversity of the neotropics provides enough data that readers from all zoogeographical regions can readily translate the information in this book to their specific conditions. The book’s value as an entry point for further research is enhanced by the inclusion of approximately 4,000 references.


"For production of this volume, Parra and Panizzi assembled a cadre of Brazilian authors who represent the best in the field, along with several chapters in collaboration with international authorities who have spent time in Brazil. This volume offers the most authoritative compilation of up-to-date research on the ecology of insects with emphasis on nutrition and nutritional ecology, as well as the implications for the development of integrated pest management programs applied to the neotropics, arguably the most complex and diverse of the world’s biogeographic zones. This volume is a landmark in a relatively young, multidimensional science, and will greatly contribute toward much-needed further research."

—Marcos Kogan, Oregon State University

"It is easy to see why this book has gone through two Brazilian editions and now is translated into English. It contains some immensely interesting and valuable information. … the contributors provide us with easy entry into the fascinating world of insect–host relations. Without exception, the authors have provided comprehensive yet lucid discussions of the most important aspects of each topic treated. The bibliographic information is complete but not overwhelming. … [This book] should be on the reference shelf of anyone working in this field. … Overall, this is a wonderful addition to the entomological literature, and English-speakers will be very grateful that they finally have ready access to this useful publication."

— John L. Capinera, Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida, Florida Entomologist, March 2013

Table of Contents

General Aspects

Introduction to Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Antônio R. Panizzi and José R. P. Parra

Nutritional Indices for Measuring Insect Food Intake and Utilization

José R. P. Parra, Antônio R. Panizzi, and Marinéia L. Haddad

The Evolution of Artificial Diets and Their Interactions in Science and Technology

José R. P. Parra

Molecular and Evolutionary Physiology of Insect Digestion

Walter R. Terra and Clélia Ferreira

Insect–Plant Interactions

Marina A. Pizzamiglio-Gutierrez

Symbionts and Nutrition of Insects

Edson Hirose, Antônio R. Panizzi, and Simone S. Prado

Bioecology and Nutrition versus Chemical Ecology: The Multitrophic Interactions Mediated by Chemical Signals

José M. S. Bento and Cristiane Nardi

Cannibalism in Insects

Alessandra F. K. Santana, Ana C. Roselino, Fabrício A. Cappelari, and Fernando S. Zucoloto

Implications of Plant Hosts and Insect Nutrition on Entomopathogenic Diseases

Daniel R. Sosa-Gómez

Specific Aspects

Neotropical Ants (Hymenoptera) Functional Groups: Nutritional and Applied Implications

Carlos R. F. Brandão, Rogério R. Silva, and Jacques H. C. Delabie

Social Bees (Bombini, Apini, Meliponini)

Astrid M. P. Kleinert, Mauro Ramalho, Marilda Cortopassi-Laurino, Márcia F. Ribeiro, and Vera L. Imperatriz-Fonseca

Defoliators (Lepidoptera)

Alessandra F. K. Santana, Carla Cresoni-Pereira, and Fernando S. Zucoloto

Seed-Sucking Bugs (Heteroptera)

Antônio R. Panizzi and Flávia A. C. Silva

Seed-Chewing Beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Bruchinae)

Cibele S. Ribeiro-Costa and Lúcia M. Almeida

Rhizophagous Beetles (Coleoptera: Melolonthidae)

Lenita J. Oliveira and José R. Salvadori

Gall-Inducing Insects: From Anatomy to Biodiversity

G. Wilson Fernandes, Marco A. A. Carneiro, and Rosy M. S. Isaias

Detritivorous Insects

Julio N. C. Louzada and Elizabeth S. Nichols

Insect Pests in Stored Grain

Sonia M. N. Lazzari and Flávio A. Lazzari

Fruit Flies (Diptera)

Carla Cresoni-Pereira and Fernando S. Zucoloto

Sap-Sucking Insects (Aphidoidea)

Sonia M. N. Lazzari and Regina C. Zonta-de-Carvalho

Parasitoids (Hymenoptera)

Fernando L. Cônsoli and S. Bradleigh Vinson

Predatory Bugs (Heteroptera)

Vanda H. P. Bueno and Joop C. van Lenteren

Predatory Beetles (Coccinellidae)

Lúcia M. Almeida and Cibele S. Ribeiro-Costa

Green Lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae): Predatory Lifestyle

Gilberto S. Albuquerque, Catherine A. Tauber, and Maurice J. Tauber

Hematophages (Diptera, Siphonaptera, Hemiptera, Phthiraptera)

Mário A. Navarro-Silva and Ana C. D. Bona

Applied Aspects

Plant Resistance and Insect Bioecology and Nutrition

José D. Vendramim and Elio C. Guzzo

Insect Bioecology and Nutrition for Integrated Pest Management

Antônio R. Panizzi, José R. P. Parra, and Flávia A .C. Silva


About the Editors

Antônio R. Panizzi is a research entomologist at the National Wheat Center in Passo Fundo, RS, Brazil.

José Roberto Postali Parra is a Professor of the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Agricultural Zoology at the College of Agriculture at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / General