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Ento 2010 Exam 1 Study Guide

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Ento 2010 Exam 1 Study Guide ENTO 2010

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Insects & the Environment
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 Ento 2010 Exam 1 Study Guide  Malaria is the most important insect vectored disease in the world.  Entomology : study of insects  Entomologist : one who studies insects  Insect cells are very similar to human cells  Kingdom-Animalia o Phylum-Arthropoda o Class-Insecta  Phylum Arthropoda o Arthro=jointed o Poda=foot  Exoskeleton made of chitin  Body composed of segments  Jointed appendages  Open circulatory system  Bilateral symmetry  Sexual reproduction  Class Chilopoda o Chilo=lip o Poda=foot o Centipedes o 3,000 species  one pair of legs per segment  predators: eat small arthropods  live in soil and humus  Class Diplopoda o Diplo=two o Poda=feet o Millipedes o 8,000 species  two pairs of legs per body segment  feed on decaying organic matter  Class Crustacea o Crust=hard; shell-like o Lobsters, crabs, shrimp o 26,000 species  branched appendages  aquatic  marine equivalent of insects  Class Arachnida o Arachne=spider o 57,000 species  no antennae  two body segments  terrestrial  carnivorous  Class Insecta o In=into o Sect=cut o 1,000,000 (named) species  3 body segments  head, thorax, abdomen  6 legs  most adults have wings  2 antennae  breathe through openings in body  terrestrial or aquatic  only invertebrates that can fly  … “we must have agricultural chemicals. Without them the world population will starve.” –Norman Borlaug (1970) Nobel Peace Prize  Insect Enemies- “The majority of insects cause destruction.”  DDT use in the 1940s & 1950s: o A new way to collect insects o Add DDT to gin----happiness o A miracle chemical o Led to an “Era of Optimism” o Farmers- “when the chemical came along…you had your crop.”  Pesticide : a chemical used to kill pests  Pesticide : a substance used to kill pests  Insecticide : substance that kills insects  DDT= chlorinated hydrocarbon o Othmar Zeidler  Synthesized DDT in Germany  PhD 1874  Paul Muller “discovered” DDT in 1938  1942: DDT was sent by Swiss to U.S. o secret army lab was set up in Orlando, Fl o tested DDT against lice (which spread typhus) st o U.S. army 1 used DDT in North Africa & Italy  Frank Mayo o Atlanta chemist during World War Two o DDT production was a military secret o Process was published in Germany o Where could he find the publication? Athens  Video: o New technology right after WWII: pesticides, plastics, fertilizers o DDT saved millions of lives in WWII  First war where enemy killed more than disease (spread by lice) o Massive growth of chemical industry  Silent Spring was dedicated to Albert Schweitzer : “Man has lost the capacity to foresee and forestall. He will end by destroying the Earth.”  Entomologists: o Before 1950, were “figures of fun” o After 1950, worked for chemical companies o started to see “side effects” o evaluated “degrees of badness” o UGA & Velsicol made Goodbye Mrs. Ant o “without DDT, insects would inherit the Earth”  Ethical issues for entomologists: o Should UGA entomologists work for chemical companies?  May not get money if s/he gets “wrong” result o Can entomologists assess pesticide damage to the environment?  Silent Spring by Rachel Carson o Bill of Rights should protect us o Powerful pesticide industry fought her o Government withheld information o Frequent cover-up of wildlife damage o Most insects controlled by other insects o “you can’t eradicate an insect with a chemical” o Dieldrin (pesticide more toxic than DDT) of fire ants in Georgia  Everything had died: “no effect” o Toxic chemicals available in grocery stores  Rachel Carson- lived during the Great Depression o 1932- Masters in Marine Biology at John’s Hopkins- age 25 o 1936- U.S. Bureau of Fisheries -age 29  was asked to be a writer o 1962- Silent Spring published o died of cancer  Silent Spring o One of the most important books ever published o Impact due to Carson’s eloquence  “Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts,” –Rachel Carson  1964: Ruth Harrison wrote Animal Machines o foreword by Rachel Carson Silent Spring o Carson wrote with “emotionality” o Velsicol tried to stop publication o JFK & Udall became “aware” o Becomes best seller o Industry: “Silent Spring is full of errors” o Jukes: “No pesticide residues in food”  Silent Spring sales soared o Within 1 year: pesticide bills introduced in 40 states o CBS TV interview o Opposition: Dr. Robert White-Stevens o What is “The Balance of Nature”? o U.S. Senate hearing  “The modern scientist believes that man is steadily controlling nature.” – Robert White-Stevens  “The balance of nature is built of a series of interrelationships between living things & between living things and their environment.” –Rachel Carson  Victor Yannacone of the Environmental Defense Fund led fight against DDT use. o Hearings held in Wisconsin 1968-1969:  If DDT is so bad, why doesn’t it make people sick? o Turning point: DDT is present in Human Breast Milk!  DDT use was banned  1962: Silent Spring was published  1970: Environmental Protection Agency established  1972: DDT banned by EPA Silent Spring o Carson did not want to ban pesticides o Carson was a revolutionary o She made us aware of the environment  DDT o Very cheap and very stable o Interferes with nervous system o Fat-soluble o Causes reduced calcium in bird eggs o Was banned in U.S. in 1972 o Production in U.S. continued for many years o Is still used in many parts of the world  DDT Biomagnification o DDT is trapped in animal fat o As DDT travels up the Food Chain, the concentration increases  Pesticides in U.S. o Farmers use 75% o Government and industry use 10% o Homeowners use 10% o Forestry uses 1%  Pesticides: o Contaminate groundwater o Persist in deep soil because low oxygen and few bacteria o Most pesticides are untested for cancer o Cancer tests are for one pesticide, but most crops get several pesticides  Pesticides and cancer o Farmers are at higher risk-especially migrant workers o Does long-term exposure cause cancer? o Most pesticides have not been tested for cancer o Synergistic (2 or more pesticides may act together to be worse than one pesticide)  David Pimentel, Department of Entomology, Cornell University o How much does it cost to apply pesticides? o Each year $4 billion is spent in U.S. to apply pesticides o Increased yield from this expense= $16 billion  Pimentel o Less than 0.1% of pesticides applied to crops reach target pest  1994: UGA student suffers from pesticide spraying in her dorm  1996: She works in Georgia legislature, and this leads to new state law: “state buildings must post notice when pesticides are sprayed”  EPA & Pesticides o We must “trust” the Pesticide Industry o “Old chemicals” protected o Many old pesticides may cause cancer  Migrant workers are often exposed to very high levels of pesticides  Pesticide Treadmill o Insect becomes resistant to pesticide o Must apply greater amount of chemicals to kill pest insects o Then, apply more toxic pesticides  Pesticides and Children o Pesticide levels are 5X too high o Developing bodies are more susceptible o Residue levels calculated for adults o Balance health vs. profit  Income spent on food: o U.S spends less  Victor Yannacone: “1 part per million is significant”  Human sex hormones & pesticides o “Every man in this room is half the man his grandfather was”  sperm count  Some pesticides mimic human sex hormones!  Human sex hormones and pesticides o 2010 Sperm count ½ 1950 o exposure to DDT in girls causes 5 fold increase in breast cancer Our Stolen Future o Theo Colborn 1996 o Danger of environmental estrogens o Man-made chemicals (including pesticides) in the environment mimic estrogen hormones o In the body, estrogen hormones interact with a receptor in a lock and key fashion o Man-made chemicals fit into receptor site and act like estrogen hormones  Block estrogen hormone action and affect metabolism  Florida: Lake Apopka o Major DDT spill in 1980 o Decline in number of alligators o 75% alligator eggs are dead o 25% of male alligators have small penises  many male turtles are “intersex”  Estrogens are added to shampoo and skin creams o Girls around the world are reaching puberty at an earlier age  Is there a correlation? Breasts o A Natural-and-Unnatural History o Florence Williams 2012  DES=a synthetic estrogen o From 1940-1970, DES was given to 5 million pregnant women to reduce miscarriages o DES was given to girls who were “too tall”, had acne, and to stop flow of mother’s breast milk o DES given to chickens and cows to promote growth o 1971-women whose mother’s took DES are much more likely to develop vaginal cancer o DES effect takes place 20 years later!  Thalidomide was given to pregnant women to combat morning sickness o In 1962, Thalidomide was shown to cause birth defects o Placenta does not protect fetus from chemicals o Thalidomide is now used to treat leprosy  Captan is probably carcinogenic o Applied to Florida strawberries o Canada has set lower tolerance levels o Are U.S. tolerance levels safe? o Captan still provides economic benefits to growers Silent Spring o Chapter 17: The Other Road (Robert Frost)  “road less traveled by”=use biological control, instead of chemical pesticides  IPM=Integrated Pest Management o Know the pest o Judicious use of pesticides o Host plant resistance o Biological control  Know the Pest o Life cycle of insect o How does the pest reproduce? o When is the pest a problem? o Which stage of the insect is the most susceptible? o Attack the pest when it is most vulnerable!  Judicious use of pesticides o Apply pesticides when pest is present and vulnerable o Use of “scouts” or pheromone traps to monitor pest o Monitor environmental conditions o Use of Ultra Low Volume Sprayers  Host plant resistance o Breeding programs o Introduction of resistance by crossing with “new” varieties  Chemical  Physical o Introduction of resistance by recombinant DNA technology  “Designer genes”  ex. Monsanto: B.t. Cotton o Will resistance be a problem?  Leaves of “Wild” Insect-Resistant Potato Plants from South America have 2 kinds of hairs o Sticky hairs trap aphids o Hairs make “alarm pheromone” that deters aphids o Goal: breed these traits into domestic potato plants  Split-screen video o B.t. gene was put into soybean o The caterpillar on the leaf with B.t. keeps moving and does not feed  For the last 50 years, seed companies did not bother to have insect resistance in their crop varieties o Because they would recommend a chemical pesticide o Now they want Host Plant Resistance  Most of our crop plants are not native to U.S. o Search for resistance in native country o Breed resistance traits into high-yield varieties  Ethical issue: o Seed companies take genes from plants in third world countries o Produce insect-resistant plants o Should company share profits?  Biological control o Sterilization o Beneficial insects o Bacteria that attacks insects  Bacillus thuringiensis B.t. ) o Viruses that attack insects  Sterilization o Pest insects:  Rear in lab  Sterilize  Release  Insects mate in field  No progeny o Problem: Most insects are hard to rear in the lab  Beneficial insects o Parasitoids o Parasitic wasps o Parasitic flies o Predators  Preying mantids  Dragonflies  Paper wasps  Spiders  Parasitoid o Insect whose larvae consume their host  Predator o An animal that kills and eats animals  External parasitoid o Female wasp paralyzes caterpillar with venom  Lays eggs on outside of caterpillar  Larvae hatch and feed on caterpillar o Female wasp determines sex of her young  Fertilized egg=female  Unfertilized egg=male  Internal parasitoid o Female adult wasp lays eggs inside of caterpillar  Larvae hatch and eat caterpillar from the inside  But don’t damage internal organs  Larvae ooze out of host and spin cocoon  Bacillus Thuringiensis B.t. o There are several varieties o Each variety is specific for one group of insect o Bacteria produce toxic protein, which kills insect o B.t. protein is not toxic to higher animals o Current use: gypsy moth in North Georgia  B.t. o Must be eaten o Toxin destroys the insect’s stomach o B.t. is NOT slow acting o New strains are being sought  Bacillus o B.t. attacks insects o Anthrax is also a Bacillus bacterium  Viruses that attack insects: o Are very specific, only a few insect species are attacked by each type of virus o Have no effect on higher animals o Multiply in great quantities in host insect o Act too slowly o Pest insect lives for several days after eating virus  UGA & American Cyanamid: o Mite toxin is insect specific o Insert gene for mite toxin into virus DNA o Pest insect dies very quickly o Virus still has narrow host range o No effect on humans or other animals o Also use toxins from scorpions and spiders  Biological classification o Arrangement of living organisms into categories  Taxonomy o Classifying organisms into categories  Carolus Linnaeus o Swedish naturalist o 1753 o Linnaean binomial system o Genus Species  Phylum: Arthropoda  Class: Insecta  Order: Diptera  Family: Muscidae  Genus: Musca  Species: domestica  Species o Organisms that closely resemble one another and can produce fertile offspring  Scientific name=Genus species o Ex. Musca domestica o Common name: house fly  10 reasons why insects are so successful: o 1. Hard exoskeleton  Positives:  Provides protection  Muscles attach to exoskeleton  Limits water loss  Negative:  When insect grows, it must molt o 2. Jointed appendages  On head=used for feeding  On thorax=used for locomotion  On abdomen=used for reproduction  Allow for specialization o 3. Wings  Escape from predators  Find food  Find a mate o 4. Small size  Positives:  Can hide/escape from predators  Light enough to be blown by wind  Negatives:  Large surface to volume ratio  Water evaporates quickly o 5. Metamorphosis  Incomplete metamorphosis  13% of insect species  Egg-Nymph-Adult  Complete metamorphosis  87% of insect species  Egg-Larva-Pupa-Adult  Positive:  Nymph/larva may occupy a different habitat than adult o 6. Escape from adverse conditions  Migration  Diapause:  A period of arrested development  In Fall, is triggered by short days  Caterpillar increases weight 3000X  Butterfly wings=great color diversity o Bright wings warn predators o May provide camouflage  Random flight of butterfly protects it from predators o 7. Methods of reproduction  Sexual  Positive: o Provides genetic variation  Parthenogenesis  Reproduction without mating  Positive: o No need to find a male o 8. Short generation time  2 advantages:  increased genetic variation  better utilization of limited food source o 9. Specialization in lifestyle  Positive:  Develop special skills  Negative:  If host decreases o 10. Solve the water problem  Extract water from host sugar  Limit water evaporation  Cuticular lipids o Prevent dehydration o Sex recognition o Nestmate recognition o Host recognition  Limit water excretion  Nitrogen excretion  Aquatic animals=ammonia  Mammals=urea  Most insects=uric acid  Uric acid is: o Water insoluble o Non-toxic  Insect walking o 6 legs are used as 2 alternate tripods  Insect wings o Most adult insects have wings o Primitive insects: wings do not fold o Advanced insects: wings fold  Easier to escape from predators  Insect cuticle o Main component is Chitin  Chitin=aminosugar polymer  Insect circulatory system o Is an “open system” o Hemolymph=insect blood  Distributes nutrients and hormones  Hormone o Chemical signal that is:  Formed in specialized cells  Travels in body fluids  Interacts with target cells  Pheromone o Chemical produced by an animal that affects another animal of the same species  Insect pheromone o Sex: find mate o Alarm: warn others of danger (bees, wasps) o Aggregation: attract others to food (bark beetles) o Trail: follow leader to find food (ants)  Gypsy moth: o Female releases sex pheromone o Male detects pheromone with large antennae  Follows plume of pheromone upwind  If wind changes, turns around to find pheromone  Can find a female 5 miles away  Use pheromone as biological control o Pine shoot moth:  Identify sex pheromone  Produce artificial pheromone  Saturate forest o Males can’t find females  Insect chemical ecology o The relationship between a chemical, an insect, and the insect’s environment  Thomas Eisner o Department of Entomology o Cornell University  A black beetle is attacked by ants o Bombardier beetle is not attacked  Sprays toxic chemical from abdomen  Mouse kills beetle by forcing end of its abdomen into the soil  Bombardier beetle o Chemical reaction takes place in the abdomen o Reaction produces: Quinones + Heat + Oxygen + Noise o Toxic spray can be aimed  Bolas spider o Spider spins a silk strand with sticky ball on end o Throws ball at prey and then reels it in o Catches moth of only 1 species o All moths are male o Spider emits smell like the female moth sex pheromone o Male moth is attracted to spider and caught  Use GC/MS to identify insect chemicals o Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry  Many insects produce (or sequester) toxic chemicals for defense  Aposematic : bright coloration warns potential predators of the chemical defense  Monarch Butterfly o Larvae feed on milkweed o Sequester toxic alkaloids o Larvae and adults are aposematic o Protected from predators  Video Caterpillar eats toxic plant o Caterpillar and adult moth are aposematic o Spider rejects toxic moth  Accepts “lab moth” with no toxin o Birds learn to avoid aposematic moth o Spiders do not learn to avoid aposematic moth o Male moth gives toxin to female moth o Female moth selects most toxic male moth  Eisner: “We should form a global alliance to protect the environment.”  Ecology: the relationship between organisms and their environment  Insect ecology : the relationship between insects and their environment  Grizzly Bear Habitat o Montana o Bears and people compete for space  have become a danger  need to find “old” food sources  now feed on a tiny moth  Mutualism: relationship between 2 species that benefits both parties  Symbiosis: intimate relationship between 2 species, usually involving coevolution  Coevolution: occurrence of genetically determined traits in 2 species selected by the mutual interactions controlled by these traits  Dan Janzen in Costa Rica: o Ants live in Acacia tree  Mutualistic relationship  Ants protect trees from leaf-eating insects  Tree provides:  Ants live in the thorns  Eat sugar from glands at leaf base  Eat Beltian bodies (rich in fat) from leaf tip o Other interactions on the ant-Acacia:  Beetle protected with thick cuticle  2 wasp species protect each other (mutualism)  bird nest; ants attack for awhile  in trees with no wasps :  monkey attacks bird nests o spreads plant seeds  Environmental concerns:  Threat to Monarch Butterflies  Larvae fed milkweed with pollen from B.t.-corn die (lab study)  Pollen may blow from B.t.-corn to nearby plants and cause death of monarch butterflies  Field studies show pollen does not go far  Mistletoe Butterfly:  Lay eggs on mistletoe  Larvae eat leaves  Mistletoe is a parasite of eucalyptus  Mistletoe birds feed on mistletoe berries  Birds defecate seeds onto eucalyptus branch  Mistletoe seeds germinate on eucalyptus  Biodiversity: o Variation in living organisms o Humans have disproportionate impact on all other species o Species loss is greater than ever before o Deforestation=27 million acres/year o Research should use biodiversity to increase food production and yield new medicines  E.O Wilson o Harvard University o 1992 o The Diversity of Life  Named species of plants and animals: 1.82 million  Bird species in New Guinea o Museum collection says 125 o Native say 124 o Bird species are distinct  Ant species in New Guinea o Museum collection says 95 o Natives say 1 o An ant is an ant  There is greater biodiversity in the tropics o From 1 tree in Peru: 43 species of ants o Equal to the number of all ant species in the United Kingdom  Forest Canopy o Many of the unknown species of insects are in the forest canopy o Get into forest canopy with ropes, cranes, and walkways  How many insect species are there? o Terry Erwin  Smithsonian Institute  Washington D.C.  Estimate arthropod tropical biodiversity  Look at 1 tree species in Panama  Fog tree with pesticide  Find 1,200 beetle species  163 are host-specific  there are 50,000 tropical trees  there are 8,000,000 beetles  beetles=40% of arthropods o total=20,000,000  Ground-dwelling=10,000,000  Total tropical arthropods=30,000,000  There are between 10,000,000 and 30,000,000 insect species on Earth  E.O. Wilson o Theory of Island Biogeography  Deforestation creates “islands”  How many species can exist in such “islands”?  How big should a protected National Park be?  Loss of biodiversity due to habitat destruction  Species loss: o Dinosaur age=1 species every 1000 years o Today=1 species every day  Food plants have lost biodiversity ! o 1970 corn blight in U.S. o $5 billion damage  Order: Isoptera o Iso=equal o Ptera=wings o Common name=termites o Species=2,230  Termites: o Incomplete metamorphosis o Highly social o Caste system (social class) o Symbiosis with protozoa or fungi to degrade the cellulose in wood o Reproductives have wings o beneficial: recycle nutrients o Pest: destroy wood structures o Social insects have guests o Are related to cockroaches o Architecture is free form  Adjusted to the environment o Use saliva as cement  Termite castes: o Soldiers o Workers o King o Queen  Termite mound: o Royal cell contains queen, king, and workers o Termites feed each other and exchange chemical messages o Eggs are taken to nursery where nymphs are reared o Termites use fungus garden to break down cellulose o Keep mound cool by water evaporation  Termites have the largest colonies of all social insects  Traits of social insects: o Reproductive division of labor o Cooperative care of young o Overlap in generations  Termites: o Build and tend fungus gardens o Adults: only reproductives have wings  Fly off, meet a mate, and break off wings  Female and male start a new colony o Have many kinds of predators  Termites follow trail pheromones: o Is present in ink of some pens  Termites in Kenya: o Men own the termite mounds o Kenyans collect, process, and eat winged adults o Termites are 40% fat and 40% protein o Termes=the end  Flashcards: nto-2010-exam-1-flash-cards/


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