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Insect Symbiosis

1st Edition

Edited by Kostas Bourtzis, Thomas A. Miller

CRC Press

368 pages | 12 Color Illus. | 64 B/W Illus.

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Insect Symbiosis summarizes the current knowledge of the relationship between symbiotic organisms and their insect hosts and provides an unparalleled analysis of cutting-edge research on this issue. Findings from international experts reveal possible new ways to control disease-carrying insects and agricultural pests worldwide. An examination of Wolbachia, considered by many as a vehicle to deliver anti-malarial and anti-plant virus strategies, is also included. Written by an interdisciplinary team of experts, this book serves as a great reference on host-parasitic relationships for professionals from a broad range of fields.


Each reader will find chapters to delight him- or herself. … should find a home in every biology library… a solid introduction to students, and extensive reviews of the past 20 years of research for professional investigators. They also will provide hours of enjoyable reading. The books represent the flowering of decades of research by dozens of pioneering scientists, and show how important symbiosis is to the biological sciences. The topic is so rich, and the investigators so productive that the editors could continue to produce a new volume every 3 years, indefinitely. Let’s hope they do.

Michael F. Dolan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA

… The insights from the research described in Insect Symbiosis may help turn Wolbachia into a symbiotic insecticide, allowing entomologists to control pests that carry diseases and destroy crops. At the same time, the insights found in Insect Symbiosis challenge some of the basic vocabulary we use to describe life Symbionts are turning evolutionary biology into a symphony. The evolutionary fate of a host depends not only on its own genome, but on the hidden agendas of mutualists, parasites, commensalists, and other passengers who fall somewhere in between on the spectrum of coexistence…

Carl Zimmer, From the Foreword

Co-editor Thomas Miller has recently been awarded the G.J. Mendel Honorary Medal for Merit in the Biological Sciences. By awarding this medal, the Academy Council gives its highest recognition to Dr. Miller's outstanding achievements, which have been acknowledged worldwide.

Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

This is the second volume in this exciting and rapidly advancing topic by these editors. … a useful addition to your library. … provides an excellent overview of the diversity of symbiont-insect relationships … new topics have been introduced and previously discussed topics have been updated. This volume is a welcome addition to your library if you are working on symbionts of insects (or nematodes!) … it provides an entry into the literature of key topics within this exciting subdiscipline."

— Marjorie A. Hoy, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville in Florida Entomologist 90(1)

Table of Contents

Insect Symbiosis: An Introduction

Hajime Ishikawa

Buchnera Bacteria and Other Symbionts of Aphids

Angela E. Douglas

Comparative Genomics of Insect Endosymbionts

Ivica Tamas and Siv G.E. Andersson

Symbiosis in Tsetse

Serap Aksoy

Endosymbiosis in the Weevil of the Genus Sitophilus: Genetic, Physiological, and Molecular Interactions among Associated Genomes

Abdelaziz Heddi

Rhodnius prolixus and Its Symbiont, Rhodococcus rhodnii: A Model for Paratransgenic Control of Disease Transmission

Ravi V. Durvasula, Ranjini K. Sundaram, Celia Cordon-Rosales, Pamela Pennington,and C. Ben Beard

Bark Beetle.Fungus Symbioses

Diana L. Six

Symbiotic Relationships of Tephritids

Carol R. Lauzon

Symbionts Affecting Termite Behavior

Kenji Matsuura

Symbiosis of Microsporidia and Insects

Philip Agnew, James J. Becnel, Dieter Ebert, and Yannis Michalakis

A New Bacterium from the Cytophaga-Flavobacterium-Bacteroides Phylum That Causes Sex-Ratio Distortion

Andrew R. Weeks and Johannes A.J. Breeuwer

Inherited Microorganisms That Selectively Kill Male Hosts: The Hidden Players of Insect Evolution?

Gregory D.D. Hurst, Francis M. Jiggins, and Michael E.N. Majerus

Wolbachia pipientis: Impotent by Association

Stephen L. Dobson

Cytoplasmic Incompatibility

Kostas Bourtzis, Henk R. Braig, and Timothy L. Karr

Parthenogenesis Associated with Wolbachia

Martinus E. Huigens and Richard Stouthamer

Insights into Wolbachia Obligatory Symbiosis

Franck Dedeine, Claudio Bandi, Michel Boulétreau, and Laura H. Kramer

Symbiosis and the Origin of Species

Seth R. Bordenstein

Discovery of Symbiont-Host Horizontal Genome Transfer: A Beetle Carrying Two Bacterial and One Chromosomal Wolbachia Endosymbionts

Takema Fukatsu, Natsuko Kondo, Nobuyuki Ijichi, and Naruo Nikoh

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / Entomology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General