Biology of Disease Vectors - 2nd edition

William Marquardt 
Academic Press  December 2004  

Hardback  816 pp  ISBN 9780124732766      £79.00
  • Current - each chapter represents the present state of knowledge in the subject area
  • Authoritative - authors include leading researchers in the field
  • Complete - provides both independent investigator and the student with a single reference volume which adopts an explicitly evolutionary viewpoint throuoghout all chapters.
  • Useful - conceptual frameworks for all subject areas include crucial information needed for application to difficult problems of controlling vector-borne diseases
Biology of Disease Vectors presents a comprehensive and advanced discussion of disease vectors and what the future may hold for their control. This edition examines the control of disease vectors through topics such as general biological requirements of vectors, epidemiology, physiology and molecular biology, genetics, principles of control and insecticide resistance. Methods of maintaining vectors in the laboratory are also described in detail.

No other single volume includes both basic information on vectors, as well as chapters on cutting-edge topics, authored by the leading experts in the field. The first edition of Biology of Disease Vectors was a landmark text, and this edition promises to have even more impact as a reference for current thought and techniques in vector biology.

Readership: medical entomologists; advanced students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty as well as graduate students and some biology and zoology undergraduates; pre-med students; federal agencies and biotechnology companies and World health organization


I. Introduction and Vectors
The Arthropods
Evolution of Arthropod Disease Vectors
Mites and Disease
Ticks, the Ixodida
Kissing Bugs and Bedbugs, the Heteroptera
Lice, the Phthiraptera
Fleas, the Siphonaptera
Introduction to the Diptera
Mosquitoes, the Culicidae
The Biting Midges, The Ceratopogonidae (Diptera)
Black Flies, the Simuliidae
Phlebotamine Sand Flies, the Psychodidae
Tsetse Flies, the Glossinidae, and Transmission of African Trypanosomes

II. Epidemiology and Surveillance
Natural Cycles of Vector-Borne Pathogens
Population Biology as a Tool to Study Vector-Borne Diseases
Use of Geographic Information System Methods in the Study of Vector-Borne Diseases
Invasive Species and Emerging Vector-Borne Infections
Molecular Techniques for Epidemiology and the Evolution of Arthropod-Borne Pathogens
Surveillance of Vector-Borne Diseases

III. Physiology of Insects and Acarines
Vector Olfaction and Behavior
The Adult Midgut: Structure and Function
The Peritrophic Matrix of Hematophagous Insects
Vector Nutrition and Energy Metabolism
Mosquito Endocrinology
Vitellogenesis of Disease Vectors, from Physiology to Genes
Osmotic and Ionic Regulation by Mosquitoes
Immune Responses of Vectors
Blood-Feeding Arthropod Salivary Glands and Saliva

IV. Vector Genetics
Systematic Relationships Among Disease Vectors
Genetics of Vector Competence
Genome Evolution in Mosquitoes
Population Genetics of Disease Vectors
Molecular Taxonomy and Systematics of Arthropod Vectors

V. Molecular Biology of Insects and Acarines
A Brief Introduction to Molecular Biology, Genomics, and Transmission of Vector-Borne Pathogens
Cultured Cells as A Tool for Analysis of Gene Expression
Genomics and Gene Expression in Vectors
Analysis of Stage- and Tissue-Specific Gene Expression in Insect Vectors
Gene Expression in Acarines
Virus-Induced, Transient Expression of Genes in Mosquitoes
Stable Transformation of Vector Species

VI. Control of Insects and Acarines
Chemical Control of Vectors and Mechanisms of Resistance
Environmental Management for Vector Control
Biological Control of Mosquitoes
Genetic Control of Vectors
Immunological Control of Vectors

VII. Special Methods as Applied to Vectors of Disease Agents
Transgenic Mosquitoes and DNA Research Safeguards
Gene Bank Data for Hematophagous Arthropods
The Containment of Arthropod Vectors
Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infestation of Ticks in the Laboratory Setting
Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Human Body Lice
Care, Maintenance, and Handling of Infected Triatomines
Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Fleas (Siphonaptera)
Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Mosquitoes
Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Biting Midges
Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Black Fies
Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Phlebotomine Sand Flies
Care, Maintenance, and Experimental Infection of Tsetse Flies

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