Chemical Ecology of Insects

  • William J. Bell
  • Ring T. Cardé

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Perceptual Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erich Städler
      Pages 3-35
    3. Hanna Mustaparta
      Pages 37-70
  3. Odor Dispersion and Chemo-orientation Mechanisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Joseph S. Elkinton, Ring T. Cardé
      Pages 73-91
    3. William J. Bell
      Pages 93-109
    4. Ring T. Cardé
      Pages 111-124
  4. Plant-herbivore relationships

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. James R. Miller, Karen L. Strickler
      Pages 127-157
    3. J. Mark Scriber
      Pages 159-202
  5. Predators, Parasites and Prey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. S. Bradleigh Vinson
      Pages 205-233
  6. Chemical Protection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. L. R. Nault, P. L. Phelan
      Pages 237-256
    3. James E. Huheey
      Pages 257-297
  7. Chemical-mediated Spacing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Ronald J. Prokopy, Bernard D. Roitberg, Anne L. Averill
      Pages 301-330
    3. M. C. Birch
      Pages 331-353
    4. Ring T. Cardé, Thomas C. Baker
      Pages 355-383
  8. Sociochemicals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Richard M. Duffield, James W. Wheeler, George C. Eickwort
      Pages 387-428
    3. J. W. S. Bradshaw, P. E. Howse
      Pages 429-473
    4. P. E. Howse
      Pages 475-519
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 521-524

About this book


Our objective in compiling a series of chapters on the chemical ecology of insects has been to delineate the major concepts of this discipline. The fine line between presenting a few topics in great detail or many topics in veneer has been carefully drawn, such that the book contains sufficient diversity to cover the field and a few topics in some depth. After the reader has penetrated the crust of what has been learned about chemical ecology of insects, the deficiencies in our understanding of this field should become evident. These deficiencies, to which no chapter topic is immune, indicate the youthful state of chemical ecology and the need for further investigations, especially those with potential for integrating elements that are presently isolated from each other. At the outset of this volume it becomes evident that, although we are beginning to decipher how receptor cells work, virtually nothing is known of how sensory information is coded to become relevant to the insect and to control the behavior of the insect. This problem is exacerbated by the state of our knowledge of how chemicals are distributed in nature, especially in complex habitats. And finally, we have been unable to understand the significance of orientation pathways of insects, in part because of the two previous problems: orientation seems to depend on patterns of distri­ bution of chemicals, the coding of these patterns by the central nervous system, and the generation of motor output based on the resulting motor commands.


chemical ecology ecology insects nervous system receptor system

Editors and affiliations

  • William J. Bell
    • 1
  • Ring T. Cardé
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Entomology and Department of Physiology & Cell BiologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  2. 2.Department of EntomologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-412-23260-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-3368-3
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