Nova Publishers
My Account Nova Publishers Shopping Cart
HomeBooksSeriesJournalsReference CollectionseBooksInformationSalesImprintsFor Authors
  Top » Catalog » Books » Biology » Ecology » Behavioral and Chemical Ecology Chapters » My Account  |  Cart Contents  |  Checkout   
Quick Find
Use keywords to find the product you are looking for.
Advanced Search
What's New? more
U.S. Assistance to Foreign Military and Security Forces: Roles of the Departments of State and Defense
Shopping Cart more
0 items
Shipping & Returns
Privacy Notice
Conditions of Use
Contact Us
Notifications more
NotificationsNotify me of updates to THE ROLE OF CUTICULAR HYDROCARBONS IN INSECTS, pp. 91-114
Tell A Friend
Tell someone you know about this product.
Authors:  Falko P. Drijfhout, Ricarda Kather ,Stephen J. Martin, School of Physical and Geographical Sciences, Keele University, Keele, UK, and others
Cuticular hydrocarbons are present on the surface of all insects and play an important role in the life of insects. Although primarily anti-desiccation agents, cuticular hydrocarbons are emerging as important chemicals in insect communication. Here we discuss the usefulness of hydrocarbons both as waterproofing and signalling compounds. The three major groups of hydrocarbons, i.e., n-alkanes, alkenes and methyl branched hydrocarbons, are discussed in detail. The biosynthesis of these cuticular hydrocarbons is briefly outlined as well as the role of cuticular hydrocarbons in taxonomy. In many non-hymenoptera insect studies, a simpler cuticular hydrocarbon profile has allowed researchers to identify the role of certain compounds, and the various functions of these are not spread evenly across the various groups of hydrocarbons. Due to the general complexity of many insect cuticular hydrocarbon profiles, which can contain upwards of 100 compounds, comparisons between groups are normally based on the entire profile using multi-variant statistical methods. Here, we highlight potential problems with the detection and analysis of cuticular hydrocarbons. By drawing information across a wide spectrum of studies it appears clear that the main role of the n-alkanes is to control trans-cuticular water movement while the unsaturated compounds and methyl-branched hydrocarbons are more likely to be involved in communication. If future studies can concentrate on determining initially which groups of cuticular hydrocarbons are of interest, it would help narrow down the search for the exact role of hydrocarbons in insect societies. This comprehensive introduction to cuticular hydrocarbons is aimed at the rapidly increasing number of scientists, especially biologists, who are studying the role of cuticular hydrocarbons in insect behaviour. 

Available Options:
This Item Is Currently Unavailable.
Special Focus Titles
01.Chinese Civilization in the 21st Century
02.Conflict and Communication: A Changing Asia in a Globalizing World - Social and Political Perspectives
03.True Islam, Jihad, and Terrorism: The Science of Islamic Foreign Policy
04.The Family Doctors: Images and Metaphors of the Family Doctor to Learn Family Medicine
05.International Book of Erectile Dysfunction
06.Post-Acute and Long Term Geriatric Care Clinical Advisor. Volume II
07.Intelligent Tutoring Systems: Structure, Applications and Challenges
08.Knowledge Creation: Going Beyond Published Financial Information
09.Theory of the Integer and Fractional Quantum Hall Effects
10.Geographic Distribution, Ecological Impact, and Conservation Strategies for North American Crayfish
11.Occurrences, Structure, Biosynthesis, and Health Benefits Based on Their Evidences of Medicinal Phytochemicals in Vegetables and Fruits. Volume 6
12.Innovative Bio-Products for Agriculture: Pig Manure Utilization and Treatment

Nova Science Publishers
© Copyright 2004 - 2016