This book covers a broad range of topics about the cricket from its development, regeneration, physiology, nervous system, and behavior with remarkable recent updates by adapting the new, sophisticated molecular techniques including RNAi and other genome editing methods. It also provides detailed protocols on an array of topics and for basic experiments on the cricket.While the cricket has been one of the best models for neuroethological studies over the past 60 years, it has now become the most important system for studying basal hemimetabolous insects. The studies of Gryllus and related species of cricket will yield insight into evolutionary features that are not evident in other insect model systems, which mainly focus on holometabolous insects such as Drosophila, Tribolium, and Bombyx. Research on crickets and grasshoppers will be important for the development of pest-control strategies, given that some of the most notorious pests also belong to the order Orthoptera. At the same time, crickets possess an enormously high "food conversion efficiency", making them a potentially important food source for an ever-expanding human population.This volume provides a comprehensive source of information as well as potential new applications in pest management and food production of the cricket. It will inspire scientists in various disciplines to use the cricket model system to investigate interesting and innovative questions.
Publisher: Springer Verlag, Japan
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 911 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 26 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2017
"Cricket experts contribute to 21 chapters in three parts: `Development and Regeneration,' `Physiology, Nervous System, and Behavior,' and `Experimental Approaches.' They thoroughly report a rich and diverse legacy of scientific study on the cricket, introduce a current nucleus of scientists with active programs exploring fundamental and applied biology, and demonstrate the potential for using `the cricket as a model organism.' ... Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals." (M. K. Harris, Choice, Vol. 54 (12), August, 2017)