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The Cricket as a Model Organism

Development, Regeneration, and Behavior

  • Hadley Wilson Horch
  • Taro Mito
  • Aleksandar Popadić
  • Hideyo Ohuchi
  • Sumihare Noji

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Development and Regeneration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gerald S. Pollack, Sumihare Noji
      Pages 3-16
    3. Jin Liu, Aleksandar Popadić
      Pages 17-30
    4. Tetsuya Bando, Yoshimasa Hamada, Sumihare Noji
      Pages 31-48
    5. Hideyo Ohuchi, Tetsuya Bando, Taro Mito, Sumihare Noji
      Pages 49-62
  3. Physiology, Nervous System, and Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Kenji Tomioka, Outa Uryu, Yuichi Kamae, Yoshiyuki Moriyama, ASM Saifullah, Taishi Yoshii
      Pages 77-89
    3. Hadley Wilson Horch, Alexandra Pfister, Olaf Ellers, Amy S. Johnson
      Pages 105-128
    4. Makoto Mizunami, Yukihisa Matsumoto
      Pages 129-140
    5. Stefan Schöneich, Berthold Hedwig
      Pages 141-153
    6. Gerald S. Pollack, Berthold Hedwig
      Pages 155-167
    7. Paul A. Stevenson, Jan Rillich
      Pages 169-195
    8. Yoshichika Baba, Hiroto Ogawa
      Pages 211-228
    9. Masaki Sakai, Mikihiko Kumashiro, Yukihisa Matsumoto, Masakatsu Ureshi, Takahiro Otsubo
      Pages 245-269
  4. Experimental Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271

About this book


This book covers a broad range of topics about the cricket from its development, regeneration, physiology, nervous system, and behavior with remarkable recent updates by adapting the new, sophisticated molecular techniques including RNAi and other genome editing methods. It also provides detailed protocols on an array of topics and for basic experiments on the cricket.
While the cricket has been one of the best models for neuroethological studies over the past 60 years, it has now become the most important system for studying basal hemimetabolous insects. The studies of Gryllus and related species of cricket will yield insight into evolutionary features that are not evident in other insect model systems, which mainly focus on holometabolous insects such as Drosophila, Tribolium, and Bombyx. Research on crickets and grasshoppers will be important for the development of pest-control strategies, given that some of the most notorious pests also belong to the order Orthoptera. At the same time, crickets possess an enormously high “food conversion efficiency”, making them a potentially important food source for an ever-expanding human population.
This volume provides a comprehensive source of information as well as potential new applications in pest management and food production of the cricket. It will inspire scientists in various disciplines to use the cricket model system to investigate interesting and innovative questions.


Neuroethology Genome editing CRISPR/Cas RNA interference Evolution and development Regeneration Learning and memory Circadian clocks Neuronal plasticity Aggression Cercal escape behavior Entomophagy Pest control

Editors and affiliations

  • Hadley Wilson Horch
    • 1
  • Taro Mito
    • 2
  • Aleksandar Popadić
    • 3
  • Hideyo Ohuchi
    • 4
  • Sumihare Noji
    • 5
  1. 1.Departments of Biology and NeuroscienceBowdoin CollegeBrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Graduate school of Bioscience and BioindustryTokushima UniversityTokushimaJapan
  3. 3.Biological Sciences DepartmentWayne State UniversityDetroitUSA
  4. 4.Department of Cytology and HistologyOkayama UniversityOkayamaJapan
  5. 5.Dentistry and Pharmaceutical SciencesOkayama University Graduate School of MedicineOkayamaJapan

About the editors

Hadley Wilson Horch
Affiliation: Bowdoin College
Address: 6500 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA


Taro Mito

Affiliation: Tokushima University
Address: 2-1 Minami-jyosanjima-cho, Tokushima City 770-8506, Japan


Aleksandar Popadić

Affiliation: Wayne State University
Address: Biological Sciences Department, Detroit, MI 48202, USA


Hideyo Ohuchi

Affiliation: Okayama University, Department of Cytology and Histology
Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Address: 2-5-1 Shikata-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama City 700-8558, Japan


Sumihare Noji

Affiliation: Tokushima University
Address: 2-14 Shinkura-cho, Tokushiam City 770-8501, Japan

Bibliographic information


“Cricket experts contribute to 21 chapters in three parts: ‘Development and Regeneration,’ ‘Physiology, Nervous System, and Behavior,’ and ‘Experimental Approaches.’ They thoroughly report a rich and diverse legacy of scientific study on the cricket, introduce a current nucleus of scientists with active programs exploring fundamental and applied biology, and demonstrate the potential for using ‘the cricket as a model organism.’ … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.” (M. K. Harris, Choice, Vol. 54 (12), August, 2017)