Neuropeptide Systems as Targets for Parasite and Pest Control

  • Timothy G. Geary
  • Aaron G. Maule

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (volume 692)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Debra Woods, Cheryl Butler, Tracey Williams, Karen Greenwood
    Pages 1-9
  3. Ronald J. Nachman, Patricia V. Pietrantonio
    Pages 27-48
  4. Nikki J. Marks, Aaron G. Maule
    Pages 49-77
  5. Angela Mousley, Ekaterina Novozhilova, Michael J. Kimber, Tim A. Day, Aaron G. Maule
    Pages 78-97
  6. Chris Li, Kyuhyung Kim
    Pages 98-137
  7. Miriam Altstein, Dick R. Nässel
    Pages 155-165
  8. William G. Bendena
    Pages 166-191
  9. Elke Clynen, Ank Reumer, Geert Baggerman, Inge Mertens, Liliane Schoofs
    Pages 192-210
  10. Matthias B. Van Hiel, Tom Van Loy, Jeroen Poels, Hans Peter Vandersmissen, Heleen Verlinden, Liesbeth Badisco et al.
    Pages 211-226
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 227-230

About this book


The need to continually discover new agents for the control or treatment of invertebrate pests and pathogens is undeniable. Agriculture, both animal and plant, succeeds only to the extent that arthropod and helminth consumers, vectors and pathogens can be kept at bay. Humans and their companion animals are also plagued by invertebrate parasites. The deployment of chemical agents for these purposes inevitably elicits the selection of resistant populations of the targets of control, necessitating a regular introduction of new kinds of molecules. Experience in other areas of chemotherapy has shown that a thorough understanding of the biology of disease is an essential platform upon which to build a discovery program. Unfortunately, investment of research resources into understanding the basic physiology of invertebrates as a strategy to illuminate new molecular targets for pesticide and parasiticide discovery has been scarce, and the pace of introduction of new molecules for these indications has been slowed as a result. An exciting and so far unexploited area to explore in this regard is invertebrate neuropeptide physiology. This book was assembled to focus attention on this promising field by compiling a comprehensive review of recent research on neuropeptides in arthropods and helminths, with contributions from many of the leading laboratories working on these systems.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy G. Geary
    • 1
  • Aaron G. Maule
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of ParasitologyMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Parasitology, School of Biological Sciences, Medical Biology CentreQueen’s University BelfastBelfastUK

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