In the last few decades, the field of tick biology has advanced substantially primarily due to the enormous increase in the prevalence of human tick-borne diseases, including Lyme disease, which has impacted people and animals around the world. This growth has also resulted in developments and insights from different areas of the scientific community. In this expanded second edition, Biology of Ticks presents the most current research and analyses in the field from experts across the globe. Spanning two volumes, the book discusses the systematics, biology, structure, ecological adaptations, evolution and genomics, development, and survival of ticks. The vast array of diseases transmitted as well as modern methods for their control is also examined. This multi-authored work includes contributions from experts from a variety of scientific backgrounds such as molecular biology, biochemistry, ecology, veterinary medicine, imaging, and computational biology. A reference for students, scientists, physicians, and specialists alike, Biology of Ticks is the definitive resource on ticks and the diseases they transmit.
Volume I covers tick systematics, tick life cycles, external and internal anatomy, chemical communication, blood digestion, heme processing and storage proteins. Chapters are also dedicated to specific organ systems, including the tick integument, mouthparts and digestive system, salivary glands, excretory systems, salivary glands, respiratory system, circulatory system and hemolymph, fat body, the nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, and reproductive systems.
Dr. Daniel E. Sonenshine is an eminent professor (emeritus) of Biological Sciences at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia USA.
Dr. R.Michael Roe is the William Neal Reynold Distinguished Professor of Entomology at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina USA.