Biologically-Inspired Systems

Insect Biotechnology

Editors: Vilcinskas, Andreas (Ed.)

  • First book about a novel and rapidly developing research field
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of emerging applications of insects or derivatives thereof in medicine, plant protection and industrial biotechnology
  • Written by leading scientists in developing cutting edge technologies
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Insects have plagued humanity throughout history both as competitors in human nutrition and as vectors of diseases such as plague and malaria. On the other hand, beneficial insects are economically important both as allies in biological control of pest or vector insect species and as pollinators. Insects are by far the most diverse group of organisms on earth. Their evolutionary success regarding species diversity can be expanded to include a tremendous repertoire of bioactive molecules. Powered by the rapid development of techniques and tools in molecular biology a treasure hunt has begun in exploring applications of new insect-derived peptides and enzymes as leads for novel therapeutic drugs, as transgenes to engineer disease-resistant crops or as catalysts of industrial processes. The run in identification of novel insect genes can be expanded beyond those encoding bioactive molecules to include targets for selective control measures in plant protection. Past decade has witnessed the complete sequencing of genomes from beneficial (bee Apis mellifera or the silk moth Bombyx mori) as well as from vector (mosquito Anopheles gambiae) or pest insects (the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum or the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum). Entering the postgenomic era these insects have become important models in applied sciences while others such as the greater wax moth Galleria mellonella are being developed as alternative model hosts for human pathogens to replace ethically debatable and expensive mammalian hosts. In addition, insect derived cell lines prosper as expression systems for vaccines and other peptides or proteins. The rapid and multifaceted developments in applying insect-derived molecules or cells in the red, green or white biotechnology can be summarized under term Insect Biotechnology. This book provides for the first time a comprehensive overview about this prospering research field with considerable economic potential.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • The Greater Wax Moth Galleria mellonella as an Alternative Model Host for Human Pathogens

    Mukherjee, Krishnendu (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • Fruit Flies as Models in Biomedical Research – A Drosophila Asthma Model

    Roeder, Thomas (et al.)

    Pages 15-27

  • Therapeutic Potential of Anti-Microbial Peptides from Insects

    Wiesner, Jochen (et al.)

    Pages 29-65

  • From Traditional Maggot Therapy to Modern Biosurgery

    Vilcinskas, Andreas

    Pages 67-75

  • Insect-Associated Microorganisms as a Source for Novel Secondary Metabolites with Therapeutic Potential

    Bode, Helge B.

    Pages 77-93

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Insect Biotechnology
Editors
  • Andreas Vilcinskas
Series Title
Biologically-Inspired Systems
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Distribution Rights
Distribution rights In India: Panima Educational Book Agency, New Delhi, India
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9641-8
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9641-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9640-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3388-6
Series ISSN
2211-0593
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 268
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