- Focus Areas
- Agricultural Pest Management
- Ecology/Biological Control
- Evolutionary Biology
- Freshwater and Estuarine Entomology
- Insect Pathology
- Molecular Biology, Physiology, Toxicology, and Molecular Genetics
- Organic Agriculture
- Pesticide Technology, Assessment, and Policy
- Urban, Structural, and Green Industries Pest Management
- Research Partners
- Research Opportunities
- Fall 2013 Colloquium
- Focus Areas
Molecular Biology, Physiology, Toxicology, and Molecular Genetics
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Insects are the most diverse class of organisms on earth and taken together have a more profound impact on humans - both positive and negative - than any other group of animals on the planet. Consequently, insect physiologists, toxicologists, and molecular biologists comprise a far-reaching community that combines applied and basic research.
For example, insect nervous systems are studied as sites of action of many pesticides and as the principal physiological system that enables the enormous behavioral diversity of insects. Scientists from many conceptual approaches also share an appreciation for insects as model systems. Much of the early work in numerous fields, including genetics, neurobiology, endocrinology, gene expression, sex determination, and translational control was conducted using insects. Insects continue to provide important new models for exercise physiology, the neural and molecular conduits of behavior, aging, cancer research, and the molecular biology of the immune response. The recent completion of the Drosophila genome has maintained the place of insects at the forefront of research on the structure, function, mapping, organization, expression, and evolution of genomes.