© 2003

Advances in Microbial Control of Insect Pests

  • Rajeev K. Upadhyay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ming Sun, Lei Zhang, Ziniu Yu
    Pages 15-40
  3. P. Ananda Kumar
    Pages 71-82
  4. Zhihong Hu, Xinwen Chen, Xiulian Sun
    Pages 83-107
  5. Bryony C. Bonning, Anthony J. Boughton, Hailing Jin, Robert L. Harrison
    Pages 109-125
  6. Vernon K. Ward, Katherine M. B. Sneddon, Otto Hyink, James Kalmakoff
    Pages 127-143
  7. Nguya K. Maniania, Claude Laveissiere, Adedapo Odulaja, Sunday Ekesi, Hans R. Herren
    Pages 145-163
  8. S. B. Alves, R. M. Pereira, R. B. Lopes, M. A. Tamai
    Pages 193-211
  9. Christopher W. Brey, Sarwar Hashmi
    Pages 297-311
  10. R. A. Norman, A. C. Fenton, J. P. Fairbairn, P. J. Hudson
    Pages 313-322
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 323-330

About this book


The insect!1 remain in symbiotic associations with a tremendous number of microorganisms, and some of them could be classified as parasitic/pathogenic. Without question, insect pathogens act as natural mortality agents and represent the third leg of the triad of biological control which is an environmentally sound alternative to chemical control. The virulence and pathogenicity of an insect parasite i. e. disease agent are determined by the microbial genome as a result of the coordinated expression of a concert of genes. These genes may be organized as cassettes and be associated with transmissible DNA. The acquisition of these domains or pathogenicity islands, may be sufficient to develop a transgenic virulent pathogen. The insect pathogens are very specific and this property can be exploited in making insects sick. However, rarely have field applications of highly virulent strains of viruses, fungi, bacteria, protozoa resulted in massive insect population reductions or induced widespread, persistent epizootics as the same is also governed by host susceptibility regulated by genetics, age, sex and physiological state of the host. Insect pathogens causing acute or chronic diseases must be able to persist in the environment, to multiply in the host, and to spread to other susceptible hosts. In this book, I have attempted to bring together all recent studies regarding both fundamental and more applied research aspects related to entomopathogens, bacteria, viruses, fungi and nematodes in order to facilitate their development and commercial exploitation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rajeev K. Upadhyay
    • 1
  1. 1.FaridabadIndia

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