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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229542/condition-dependence-and-sexual-ornamentation-effects-of-immune-challenges-on-a-highly-sexually-dimorphic-grasshopper
#1
J Pablo Valverde, Hendrik Eggert, Joachim Kurtz, Holger Schielzeth
Sexual ornaments contribute substantially to phenotypic diversity and it is particularly relevant to understand their evolution. Ornaments can assume the function of signals-of-quality that the choosy sex uses to evaluate potential mating partners. Often there are no obvious direct benefits and investment into mate choice is primarily rewarded by beneficial alleles that are inherited to the offspring. Inter-sexual communication via sexual ornaments requires honesty of the sexual signal, yet the question of what maintains honesty remains only partially solved...
February 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225201/edible-insects-in-china-utilization-and-prospects
#2
REVIEW
Ying Feng, Xiao-Ming Chen, Min Zhao, Zhao He, Long Sun, Cheng-Ye Wang, Wei-Feng Ding
The use of edible insects has a long history in China, where they have been consumed for more than two thousand years. In general, the level of acceptance is high for the consumption of insects in China. Many studies on edible insects have been conducted in the last twenty years, and the scope of the research includes the culture of entomophagy and the identification, nutritional value, farming and breeding of edible insects, in addition to food production and safety. Currently, 324 species of insects from 11 orders are documented that are either edible or associated with entomophagy in China, which include the common edible species, some less commonly consumed species, and some medicinal insects...
February 22, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217963/divergent-methylation-pattern-in-adult-stage-between-two-forms-of-tetranychus-urticae-koch-acari-tetranychidae
#3
Si-Xia Yang, Chao Guo, Xiu-Ting Zhao, Jing-Tao Sun, Xiao-Yue Hong
The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch has two forms: green form and red form. Understanding the molecular basis of how these two forms established without divergent genetic background is an intriguing area. As a well-known epigenetic process, DNA methylation has particularly important roles in gene regulation and developmental variation across diverse organisms that not alter genetic background. Here, to investigate whether DNA methylation could be associated with different phenotypic consequences in T...
February 19, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217884/male-age-and-strain-affect-ejaculate-quality-in-the-mexican-fruit-fly
#4
Mariana Herrera-Cruz, Solana Abraham, Nicolas Nuñez-Beverido, Norma Flores-Estévez, Martha Reyes-Hernández, Mayvi Alvarado, Diana Pérez-Staples
Aging in all organisms is inevitable. Male age can have profound effects on mating success and female reproduction, yet relatively little is known on the effects of male age on different components of the ejaculate. Furthermore, in mass-reared insects used for the Sterile Insect Technique, there are often behavioral differences between mass-reared and wild males, while differences in the ejaculate have been less studied. The ejaculate in insects is composed mainly of sperm and accessory gland proteins. Here, we studied how male age and strain affected (i) protein quantity of testes and accessory glands, (ii) the biological activity of accessory gland products injected into females, (iii) sperm viability and (iv) sperm quantity stored by females in wild and mass-reared Anastrepha ludens (Diptera: Tephritidae)...
February 19, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213963/ultrastructure-of-compatible-and-incompatible-interactions-in-phloem-sieve-elements-during-the-stylet-penetration-by-cotton-aphids-in-melon
#5
Elisa Garzo, Mercedes Fernández-Pascual, Cesar Morcillo, Alberto Fereres, M Luisa Gómez-Guillamón, W Fred Tjallingii
Resistance of the melon line TGR-1551 to the aphid Aphis gossypii is based on preventing aphids from ingesting phloem sap. In electrical penetration graphs (EPGs), this resistance has been characterized with A. gossypii showing unusually long phloem salivation periods (waveform E1) mostly followed by pathway activities (waveform C) or if followed by phloem ingestion (waveform E2), ingestion was not sustained for more than 10 minutes. Stylectomy with aphids on susceptible and resistant plants was performed during EPG recording while the stylet tips were phloem inserted...
February 18, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213920/potato-aphid-macrosiphum-euphorbiae-performance-is-determined-by-aphid-genotype-and-not-mycorrhizal-fungi-or-water-availability
#6
Alison Jane Karley, Matthew Emslie-Smith, Alison Elizabeth Bennett
Intra- and inter-specific variation in plant and insect traits can alter the strength and direction of insect-plant interactions, with outcomes modified by soil biotic and abiotic conditions. We used the potato aphid (Macrosiphum euphorbiae Thomas) feeding on cultivated S. tuberosum and wild S. berthaulti to study the impact of water availability and plant mutualistic arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi on aphid performance and susceptibility to a parasitoid wasp (Aphidius ervi Haliday). Plants were grown under glass with live or sterile AM fungal spores and supplied with sufficient or reduced water supply...
February 18, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111905/identification-and-comparison-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-the-silk-gland-between-the-domestic-and-wild-silkworms
#7
Qiu-Zhong Zhou, Shou-Min Fang, Qiang Zhang, Quan-You Yu, Ze Zhang
Under long-term artificial selection, the domestic silkworm (Bombyx mori) has increased its silk yield tremendously in comparison with its wild progenitor, Bombyx mandarina. However, the molecular mechanism of silk yield increase is still unknown. Comparative analysis of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) may provide some insights into understanding this phenotypic variation. In this study, using the RNA-seq data of silk gland in the domestic and wild silkworms, we identified 600 lncRNAs in the silk gland of silkworm...
January 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106957/the-influence-of-habitat-heterogeneity-and-latitude-on-gamma-diversity-of-the-nearctic-simuliidae-a-ubiquitous-group-of-stream-dwelling-insects
#8
John W McCreadie, Rachel H Williams, Sam Stutsman, Debra S Finn, Peter H Adler
Among the most prominent, large-scale patterns of species richness are the increases in richness with decreasing latitude and with increasing habitat heterogeneity. Using the stream-dwelling larval and pupal stages of North American black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae), we address three broad questions about species richness: (i) Does a significant latitude-richness relationship exist? (ii) How does habitat heterogeneity influence gamma diversity? (iii) What is the sign (positive or negative) of the latitude-richness and the heterogeneity-richness relationships? We found no evidence that habitat heterogeneity influences gamma diversity...
January 20, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101904/functional-analysis-of-the-circadian-clock-gene-timeless-in-tribolium-castaneum
#9
Chengjun Li, Xiaopei Yun, Xiaojuan Yu, Bin Li
Circadian rhythms are endogenous oscillations with a period of about 24 h driven by a circadian clock. So far, the variable oscillators were designed in insects. To explore the circadian clock of Tribolium castaneum, we have cloned the clock gene timeless (Tctimeless). Its open reading frame is 3240 bp in length and consists of 10 exons. Tctimeless is highly expressed in the late pupal stage. Tissue-specific expression analysis in late adult stages revealed high expression of Tctimeless in the head, epidermis, fat body and accessory glands...
January 19, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092131/finish-line-plant-insect-interactions-mediated-by-insect-feeding-mode-and-plant-interference-a-case-study-of-brassica-interactions-with-diamondback-moth-and-turnip-aphid
#10
Mahmoud Soufbaf, Yaghoub Fathipour, Jeffrey A Harvey, Cang Hui
There are gaps in our understanding of plant responses under different insect phytophagy modes and their subsequent effects on the insect herbivores' performance at late season. Here we compared different types of insect feeding by an aphid, Lipaphis erysimi, and a lepidopteran, Plutella xylostella, and how this affected defensive metabolites in leaves of two Brassica species when plants gain maturity. Thiocyanate concentrations after P. xylostella and L. erysimi feeding activities were the same. Total phenolics was higher after the phloem feeder feeding than the folivore activity...
January 16, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092127/induction-of-p450-genes-in-nilaparvata-lugens-and-sogatella-furcifera-by-two-neonicotinoid-insecticides
#11
Yuan-Xue Yang, Na Yu, Jian-Hua Zhang, Yi-Xi Zhang, Ze-Wen Liu
Nilaparvata lugens and Sogatella furcifera are two primary planthoppers on rice throughout Asian countries and areas. Neonicotinoid insecticides, such as imidacloprid (IMI), have been extensively used to control rice planthoppers and IMI resistance consequently occurred with an important mechanism from the over-expression of P450 genes. The induction of P450 genes by IMI may increase the ability to metabolize this insecticide in planthoppers and increase the resistance risk. In this study, the induction of P450 genes was compared in S...
January 16, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074632/gene-expression-profiles-of-the-southern-house-mosquito-culex-quinquefasciatus-during-exposure-to-permethrin
#12
William R Reid, Lee Zhang, Youhui Gong, Ting Li, Nannan Liu
Insecticide resistance is a major obstacle to the management of disease-vectoring mosquitoes worldwide. The genetic changes and detoxification genes involved in insecticide resistance have been extensively studied in populations of insecticide-resistant, however few studies have focused on the resistance genes up-regulated upon insecticide exposure and the possible regulation pathways involved in insecticide resistance. To characterize the changes in gene expression during insecticide exposure, and to investigate the possible connection of known regulation pathways with insecticide resistance, we conducted RNA-Seq analysis of a highly-permethrin resistant strain of Culex quinquefasciatus following permethrin exposure...
January 10, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058810/prediction-of-effective-rna-interference-targets-and-pathway-related-genes-in-lepidopteran-insects-by-rna-sequencing-analysis
#13
Ruo-Bing Guan, Hai-Chao Li, Xue-Xia Miao
When using RNAi to study gene functions in Lepidoptera insects, we discovered that some genes could not be suppressed, instead, their expression levels could be up-regulated by dsRNA. To predict which genes could be easily silenced, we treated the Asian corn borer (Ostrinia furnacalis) with dsGFP and dsMLP. A transcriptome sequence analysis was conducted using the cDNAs 6 h after treatment with dsRNA. The results indicated that 160 genes were up-regulated and 44 genes were down-regulated by the two dsRNAs. Then, 50 co-up-regulated, 25 co-down-regulated and 43 unaffected genes were selected to determine their RNAi responses...
January 6, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035791/indirect-plant-defense-against-insect-herbivores-a-review
#14
REVIEW
Zainab Aljbory, Ming-Shun Chen
Plants respond to herbivore attack by launching two types of defenses: direct defense and indirect defense. Direct defense includes all plant traits that increase the resistance of host plants to insect herbivores by affecting the physiology and/or behavior of the attackers. Indirect defense includes all traits that by themselves do not have significant direct impact on the attacking herbivores, but can attract natural enemies of the herbivores and thus reduce plant loss. When plants recognize herbivore-associated elicitors, they produce and release a blend of volatiles that can attract predators, parasites, and other natural enemies...
December 30, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028926/how-do-groups-of-red-imported-fire-ants-hymenoptera-formicidae-feed-on-a-droplet-of-sugar-water
#15
Cai Wang, Xuan Chen, Linda M Hooper-Bùi, Rachel Strecker, Yu-Zhen Wen, Wen-Quan Qin, Tao Ma, Zhao-Hui Sun, Xiao-Yang Chen, Xiu-Jun Wen
Many previous studies have focused on the foraging behaviors and strategies of the red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta Buren on solid food or granular bait, little attention has been paid to how liquid sugar is fed upon. In the present study, behavioral responses of S. invicta to 25% sucrose water droplets were observed. Five foraging patterns were identified in S. invicta colonies under laboratory conditions: (1) No feeding, no sucrose water feeding was observed; (2) surround feeding, ants surrounded and fed along the edge of the sucrose droplet; (3) stacked feeding, ants stacked and fed along the edge of the sucrose droplet; (4) droplet-break feeding, ants broke the liquid droplet and sucked sucrose water that spread on surface of the substance or soil particles previously transported by ants, and (5) cover feeding, whole surface of the sucrose droplet was covered by layers of feeding ants...
December 28, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026125/effects-of-temperature-on-fitness-costs-in-chlorpyrifos-resistant-brown-planthopper-nilaparvata-lugens-st%C3%A3-l-hemiptera-delphacidae
#16
Baojun Yang, Meiling Liu, Yixi Zhang, Zewen Liu
Insecticide resistance is inevitable if an insecticide is widely used to control insect pests. Fortunately, the resistance-associated fitness costs often give chances to manage resistances. In most cases, the fitness cost in resistant insects is often evaluated under the laboratory condition for insect development, which limits its practical application in pest control in fields. In a laboratory population R9 with 253-fold resistance to chlorpyrifos after 9-generation selection with chlorpyrifos, the relative fitness was only 0...
December 27, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026117/molecular-elements-of-pheromone-detection-in-the-female-moth-heliothis-virescens
#17
Monika Zielonka, Heinz Breer, Jürgen Krieger
Pheromones play pivotal roles in the reproductive behavior of moths, most prominently for the mate finding of male moths. Accordingly, the molecular basis for the detection of female-released pheromones by male moths has been studied in great detail. In contrast, little is known about how females can detect pheromone components released by themself or by conspecifics. In this study we assessed the antenna of female Heliothis virescens for elements of pheromone detection. In accordance with previous findings that female antennae respond to the sex pheromone component (Z)-9-tetradecenal, we identified olfactory sensory neurons that express its cognate receptor, the receptor type HR6...
December 27, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019084/heterogeneous-activity-causes-a-nonlinear-increase-in-the-group-energy-use-of-ant-workers-isolated-from-queen-and-brood
#18
Nolan Ferral, Kyara Holloway, Mingzhong Li, Zhaozheng Yin, Chen Hou
Increasing evidence has shown that the energy use of ant colonies increases sublinearly with colony size so that large colonies consume less per capita energy than small colonies. It has been postulated that social environment (e.g., in the presence of queen and brood) is critical for the sublinear group energetics, and a few studies of ant workers isolated from queens and brood observed linear relationships between group energetics and size. In this paper, we hypothesize that the sublinear energetics arise from the heterogeneity of activity in ant groups, i...
December 26, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996203/sialotranscriptome-sequencing-and-analysis-of-anopheles-sinensis-and-comparison-with-psorophora-albipes-sialotranscriptome-diptera-culicidae
#19
Ya-Jie Fang, Zhen-Tian Yan, Bin Chen
Most of adult female mosquitoes secrete saliva to facilitate blood sucking, digestion and nutrition, and mosquito-borne disease prevention. The knowledge of classification and characteristics of sialotranscriptome genes are still quite limited. Anopheles sinensis is a major malaria vector in China and Southeast countries. In the study, the An. sinensis sialotranscriptome was sequenced using Illumina sequencing technique with a total of 10 907 unigenes to be obtained and annotated in biological function and pathway, and 10 470 unigenes were mapped to An...
December 20, 2016: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990779/current-issues-involved-with-the-identification-and-nutritional-value-of-wood-grubs-consumed-by-australian-aborigines
#20
REVIEW
Alan Yen, Conrad Bilney, Michael Shackleton, Susan Lawler
The so called witchetty grub is a publicised food source for Australian Aborigines. Despite heavy use, the identities and number of species consumed is still not known because of the lack of identified voucher specimens. Taxonomy based on adults makes identification of larval forms difficult. Dwelling in the root, trunks and stems of woody plants, grubs are a reliable and highly valued food source that may be in decline. Much information on edible insects may already be lost in parts of Australia heavily settled by Europeans...
December 19, 2016: Insect Science
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