Insect Aging

Strategies and Mechanisms

  • Klaus-Günter Collatz
  • Rajindar S. Sohal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. K.-G. Collatz
    Pages 1-8
  3. K. P. Sauer, C. Grüner, K.-G. Collatz
    Pages 9-22
  4. L. Partridge
    Pages 45-54
  5. K.-G. Collatz, H. Wilps
    Pages 55-72
  6. M. J. Kern
    Pages 90-105
  7. R. A. Lockshin, A. G. Wadewitz
    Pages 106-116
  8. J. E. Fleming
    Pages 130-141
  9. H. R. Massie
    Pages 142-154
  10. J. P. Panno, K. K. Nair
    Pages 155-167
  11. R. G. Allen, R. S. Sohal
    Pages 168-181
  12. D. M. Norris, K. D. P. Rao, H. M. Chu
    Pages 182-199
  13. Klaus-Günter Collatz, Rajindar S. Sohal
    Pages 241-241
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 237-240

About this book


"Leben ist die schonste Erfindung der Natur und der Tod ist ihr Kunstgriff, viel Leben zu haben" . J. W. v. Goethe Life is the most beautiful invention of nature, and death is her device to exhibit most life. The eminent British biologist Sir Vincent B. Wigglesworth noted in 1939 that insects are an ideal medium in which to study all problems of physiology. Many fundamental discoveries in biology, particularly genetics and development, have been made on the basis of studies conducted in insects. Because of their ex­ treme adaptability and diversity, an appropriate insect model is available for the study of virtually any biological problems. The applicability to other groups, including mammals, of basic studies conducted on insects has helped in the gradual acceptance of the fundamental unity of biochemical principles as a dogma among biologists, as well as among enlightened medical scientists. With the recent upsurge of interest in the study of the aging process, in­ sects have been increasingly employed not only for the investigation of basic mechanisms of aging, but also to gain insight into the evolution of aging and senescence. If only one aging mechanism exists, it is foreseeable that some in­ sects, especially Drosophila, will help to unravel its molecular basis. Because of their diversity, existing studies in the gerontology of insects are widely scat­ tered in various specialized journals. This wealth of existing information has not, as yet, been brought together in a synthesized and comprehensive form.


Drosophila aging biology development evolution genetics insects mammals physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Klaus-Günter Collatz
    • 1
  • Rajindar S. Sohal
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Biologie I (Zoologie)Universität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of BiologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-70855-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-70853-4
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