Preface. 1. Introduction and Overview. nPart I: Fundamental Aspects. 2. Plant Chemicals. 3. Pheromones. 4. The Chemoreceptive Organs: Structural Aspects. 4. Electrophysiology of Chemoreception. 6. Biochemistry of Chemoreception. nPart II: Applied Aspects. 7. Plant Chemicals in Pest Control. 8. Host Plant Resistance. 9. Pheromones in Plant Protection. 10. Genetic Engineering. nReferences. Species Index. Subject Index.
In this time of edited volumes when the list of individual contributors may reach double figures, it is appropriate to question the usefulness of a volume, with such a broad scope, by a single author. The answer is simple. For years he has believed that the rather sharp distinction between fundamental and applied aspects of this discipline, has ill-served the significance of each; and has diminished the incidence of fruitful synergies. Yet the need for these was never greater, and this case may be developed by a single author with experience of each aspect. The inclusion of a Chapter on Genetic Engineering may raise some doubts, but it is enabled by the chosen title "Chemoreception", as distinct from Chemoperception: the latter implies detection of a chemical, followed by a behavioural response. But the former broader category subsumes Chemoperception and allows for the reception of a chemical toxin so potent as to prelude a behavioural or physiological response, other than death. Accordingly, chemical toxins are a legitimate inclusion. In which event, their delivery through a GM plant is as appropriate for study as their application in a spray.