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Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Insects

Editors: Hoffmann, K. H. (Ed.)

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Of all the zoological classes the insects are the most numerous in species and the most varied in structure. Estimates of the number 18 of species vary from 1 to 10 million, and 10 individuals are es­ timated to be alive at any given moment. In their evolution, in­ sects are relatively ancient and, therefore, they have proved to be a phenomenally successful biological design which has survived unchanged in its basic winged form during the last 300 m. y. In­ sects were the first small animals to colonize the land with full suc­ cess. Their small size opened many more ecological niches to them and permitted a greater diversification than the vertebrates. What is it about this design that has made insects so successful in habitats stretching from arid deserts to the Arctic and Antarctic and from freshwater brooks to hot springs and salines? Is it due to the adapta­ bility of their behavior, physiology, and biochemistry to changing environmental conditions? Three features of insects are of particular importance in determin­ ing their physiological relationship with the environment: their small size, as mentioned above, the impermeability and rigidity of their exoskeleton, and their poikilothermy. Of course, as with any other animals, the insects' success in its environment depends on its ability to maintain its internal state within certain tolerable limits of temperature, osmotic pressure, pH or oxygen concentra­ tion (homoeostasis).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Metabolic and Enzyme Adaptation to Temperature

    Hoffmann, Klaus H.

    Pages 1-32

  • Temperature and Insect Development

    Ratte, Hans T.

    Pages 33-66

  • Environmental Aspects of Insect Dormancy

    Behrens, Walter

    Pages 67-94

  • Metabolic Energy Expenditure and Its Hormoral Regulation

    Ziegler, Rolf

    Pages 95-118

  • Anaerobic Energy Metabolism

    Gäde, Gerd

    Pages 119-136

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Environmental Physiology and Biochemistry of Insects
Editors
  • K. H. Hoffmann
Copyright
1985
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-70020-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-70020-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-70022-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 298
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