Spider toxins and their potential for insect control

Maggio, F., Sollod, B. L., Tedford, H. W. and King, G. F. (2005). Spider toxins and their potential for insect control. In L. I. Gilbert, K. Iatrou and S. S. Gill (Ed.), Comprehensive molecular insect science (pp. 221-238) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B0-44-451924-6/00094-6

Author Maggio, F.
Sollod, B. L.
Tedford, H. W.
King, G. F.
Title of chapter Spider toxins and their potential for insect control
Title of book Comprehensive molecular insect science
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1016/B0-44-451924-6/00094-6
ISBN 9780444519245
Editor L. I. Gilbert
K. Iatrou
S. S. Gill
Volume number 5
Chapter number 5.7
Start page 221
End page 238
Total pages 18
Language eng
Subjects 060110 Receptors and Membrane Biology
Abstract/Summary Insects are the most diverse and successful animals on the planet, with the number of extant species estimated to be not, vert, similar5 million (Novotny et al., 2002). However, the ability of insects to inhabit a wide variety of ecological niches has inevitably brought them into conflict with humans. Although only a small minority of insects are classified as pests, they nevertheless destroy 20–30% of the world's food supply ( Oerke, 1994) and transmit a diverse array of human and animal pathogens. In terms of agronomic importance, lepidopterans are the most pernicious insects, with not, vert, similar40% of all chemical insecticides directed against heliothine species (Brooks and Hines, 1999). However, from a global human health perspective, mosquitoes are the most problematic arthropods, being responsible for the transmission of malaria, filariasis, and numerous arboviruses. Although malaria is unquestionably the most devastating insect-borne disease, causing an estimated 2 million deaths per year ( Gubler, 1998), the increasing incidence of epidemics caused by mosquito-borne arboviruses (e.g., dengue, West Nile, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, and Rift Valley fever) is a mounting public health issue ( Gubler, 2002). Other insects of significant public health importance include sandflies, tsetse flies, fleas, and triatomid bugs, which transmit the causative agents of leishmaniasis, trypanosomiasis (African sleeping sickness), plague, and Chagas disease, respectively ( Gubler 1998 and Gratz 1999).
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Volume 1: Reproduction and Development - Volume 2: Development Volume 3: Endocrinology - Volume 4: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Volume 5: Pharmacology - Volume 6: Control

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