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Instructor: Dr. Lena B. Brattsten (brattsten@aesop.rutgers.edu)
Semester, Period & Format: Spring of even years;
(Tu 12:35 – 5:15; Th 2:15 – 3:35pm) Lecture/Lab
Location: (Old) Blake Hall 101
Pre-requisites: (11:370:403 and 11:115:403-404) or consent of instructor
Required Texts: Chapman, Simpson, Douglas, 2013. ?The Insects: Structure and Function?, 5th Edition, 900+ pp. Cambridge University Press
Description: ?The broad topic of insect physiology and biochemistry is discussed in the following categories. Nutrient flow through insects is studied including: nutrient capture, digestion, absorption, circulation, intermediary metabolism, energy metabolism, detoxification, excretion and electrolyte homeostasis. Embryologic, developmental, respirational, reproductive, diapausal and neurophysiologic systems are covered including basic molecular mechanisms. Communication systems are studied including mechanical (tactile, acoustic, visual) and chemical (hormones, pheromones, allomones, kairomones, necromones) in terms of signal characteristics, sending mechanisms and receiving mechanisms. Selected topics are further explored in laboratory exercises.


Course Learning Goals:
  • Knowledge of nutrient flow through insects, including capture, digestion, absorption, circulation, intermediary metabolism, energy metabolism, detoxification, excretion and electrolyte homeostasis.
  • Familiarity with embryologic, developmental, respirational, reproductive, diapausal and neurophysiologic systems
  • Knowledge of insect communication including mechanical (tactile, acoustic, visual) and chemical (hormones, pheromones, allomones, kairomones, necromones) systems in terms of signal characteristics, sending and receiving mechanisms.
Student Learning Assessment: [% of final grade]
  • 6 online quizzes [40%]
  • 2 lab reports [60 %]

Contact Information:
Dr. Lena B. Brattsten
Room 133, Thompson Hall
848-932-8166, 732-921-0131                     
brattsten@aesop.rutgers.edu

Office Hours by arrangement