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Insect Chronobiology

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  • Covers diverse insect clocks including circadian clock, lunar clock, tidal clock, photoperiodism and circannual rhythms
  • Summarizes the recent advances in molecular and neural mechanisms in diverse insect clocks
  • Cites classic examples of insect clocks that are familiar to broader audiences

Part of the book series: Entomology Monographs (ENTMON)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Insect Circadian Rhythms

  2. Other Types of Insect Rhythms and Photoperiodsim

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About this book

This book reviews the physiological mechanisms of diverse insect clocks, including circadian clock, lunar clock, tidal clock, photoperiodism, circannual rhythms and others. It explains the commonality and diversity of insect clocks, focusing on the recent advances in their molecular and neural mechanisms. 
 
In the history of chronobiology, insects provided important examples of diverse clocks. The first report of animal photoperiodism was in an aphid, and the time-compensated celestial navigation was first shown in the honeybee. The circadian clock was first localized in the brain of a cockroach. These diverse insect clocks also have some common features which deserve to be reviewed in a single book. The central molecular mechanism of the circadian clock, i.e., the negative feedback loop of clock genes, was proposed in Drosophila melanogaster in the 1990s and later became the subject of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2017. Thereafter, researches on the molecular and neural mechanisms in diverse insect clocks other than the Drosophila circadian clock also advanced appreciably. Various new methods including RNAi, NGS, and genome editing with CRISPR-Cas9 have become applicable in these researches.  


This book comprehensively reviews the physiological mechanisms in diverse insect clocks in the last two decades, which have received less attention than the Drosophila circadian clock. The book is intended for researchers, graduate students, and highly motivated undergraduate students in biological sciences, especially in entomology and chronobiology. 


Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute for the Future of Human Society, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan

    Hideharu Numata

  • Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan

    Kenji Tomioka

About the editors

Hideharu Numata is an Emeritus Professor and a Program-Specific Professor at Kyoto University, Japan. He was a Professor at the Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University, Japan, in 1998-2009, and the Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, in 2009-2021. His research interests include physiological mechanisms for seasonal adaptations in insects, e.g., photoperiodism and circannual rhythm. He was the President of the Entomological Society of Japan in 2013-2014, and a Councilor of International Congress of Entomology in 2008-2016. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Entomological Science in 2010-2011 and Zoological Science in 2020-2021. 


 


Kenji Tomioka is an Emeritus Professor and a Program-Specific Professor of Okayama University, Japan. He was a Professor at Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Yamaguchi University, Japan in 1995-2003, and the Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University, in 2003-2021. His research interests include molecular and neural basis of insect circadian rhythms and photoperiodism. He has been a member of the editorial board of Journal of Insect Physiology since 1992, Zoological Science since 2003, Zoological Letters since 2014, and Physiological Entomology since 2015. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Insect Chronobiology

  • Editors: Hideharu Numata, Kenji Tomioka

  • Series Title: Entomology Monographs

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-0726-7

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-99-0725-0Published: 18 April 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-99-0728-1Published: 19 April 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-99-0726-7Published: 17 April 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2522-526X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2522-5278

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 357

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Zoology, Cell Biology, Animal Physiology

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