2010, xiii + 390 pages, 48 b/w illustrations, 16 tables, graphs. Low temperature is a major environmental constraint impacting the geographic distribution and seasonal activity patterns of insects. Written for academic researchers in entomology and environmental physiology entomology, this book explores the physiological and molecular mechanisms that enable insects to cope with a cold environment and places these findings into an evolutionary and ecological context.
An introductory chapter provides a primer on insect cold tolerance and subsequent chapters in the first section discuss the organismal, cellular and molecular responses that allow insects to survive in the cold despite their, at best, limited ability to regulate their own body temperature.
The second section, highlighting the evolutionary and macrophysiological responses to low temperature, is especially relevant for understanding the impact of global climate change on insect systems.
A final section translates the knowledge gained from the rest of the book into practical applications including cryopreservation and the augmentation of pest management strategies.
Hardcover; 7 x 9-3/4″.
About the Editors – David Denlinger is Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State University. He is a Fellow of AAAS, the Entomological Society of America, and the Royal Entomological Society. Richard Lee is Distinguished Professor of Zoology at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He has been elected as a Fellow in AAAS, the Entomological Society of America, and the Royal Entomological Society.