By Gary J. Blomquist, Anne-Geneviève Bagnères
A special and important research of the wealth of study performed at the biology, biochemistry and chemical ecology of the speedily starting to be box of insect cuticular hydrocarbons. Authored through prime specialists of their respective fields, the twenty chapters convey the complexity that has been stumbled on within the nature and position of hydrocarbons in entomology. Covers, in nice intensity, features of chemistry (structures, qualitative and quantitative analysis), biochemistry (biosynthesis, molecular biology, genetics, evolution), body structure, taxonomy, and ecology. basically offers to the reader the array of information, rules, insights and ancient disagreements which were accrued in past times part century. An emphasis is put on the function of insect hydrocarbons in chemical communique, particularly one of the social bugs. contains the 1st evaluation at the chemical synthesis of insect hydrocarbons. the fabric offered is a huge source for present researchers and a resource of rules for brand new researchers.
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Many of the very-very-long chain hydrocarbons appear to be highly unsaturated or contain cyclic components. MALDI mass spectral analysis has the potential to be an alternative, or more likely, a complemen tary analytical technique for insect hydrocarbon analysis. More work is needed to eluci date the complete structures of the high-molecular-weight hydrocarbons and to more fully understand the usefulness of this technique in insect hydrocarbon analysis. The apparent presence of highly unsaturated or cyclic components and the current inability to handle mixtures and isomers underscore the need for further work on the structure and function of these high-molecular-weight compounds.
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