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Polyembryonic Insects

An Extreme Clonal Reproductive Strategy


Part of the Entomology Monographs book series (ENTMON)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Kikuo Iwabuchi
    Pages 1-44
  3. Kikuo Iwabuchi
    Pages 45-94
  4. Kikuo Iwabuchi
    Pages 95-132
  5. Kikuo Iwabuchi
    Pages 133-162
  6. Kikuo Iwabuchi
    Pages 163-191
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 193-199

About this book


​This book provides an overview of our current understanding of polyembryony in insects. The study of polyembronic insects has advanced considerably over the last several decades.
The book shows the exciting potential of polyembryonic insects and their impact on life sciences. It describes the mechanisms of polyembryogenesis; tissue-compatible invasion of the host, which is the first case of compatible cellular interaction between phylogenetically distant organisms without rejection; the sex differences in defense; and the environmental regulation of caste structure. 

The first book devoted to polyembryony in insects, it draws on the author’s research on polyembryonic wasps from 1990 to the present day, covering various topics such as polyembryogenesis in vitro, host-parasite interaction, sex differences in soldier function/humoral toxic factor, and the transcription analysis of polyembryogenesis.
It is intended not only for researchers in the field of entomology, parasitology, ontogeny, reproductive biology, developmental biology, sociobiology, and evolutionary developmental biology (Evo-Devo), but also for postgraduate students in these fields.


Parasitoid Polyembryony Insects Hymenoptera polyembriogenesis clonal production parasitic social wasps host-parasitic interaction transcription analysis

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tokyo University of Agriculture and TechnologyFuchuJapan

About the authors

Kikuo Iwabuchi is an Emeritus Professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. He received his undergraduate degree from Chiba University in 1975, and his Ph.D in Science from Kyoto University in 1988. From 2001 to 2017, he was a Professor of Applied Entomology at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, where he became an Emeritus Professor in 2019.  He was the president of The Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology from 2015 to 2017.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Polyembryonic Insects
  • Book Subtitle An Extreme Clonal Reproductive Strategy
  • Authors Kikuo Iwabuchi
  • Series Title Entomology Monographs
  • Series Abbreviated Title Entomology Monographs
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-0957-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-0960-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-0958-2
  • Series ISSN 2522-526X
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-5278
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 199
  • Number of Illustrations 14 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Entomology
    Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
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