3. Immune Responses and Their Potential Role in Insect Outbreaks

  1. Pedro Barbosa3,
  2. Deborah K. Letourneau4 and
  3. Anurag A. Agrawal5,6
  1. J. Gwen Shlichta1 and
  2. Angela M. Smilanich2

Published Online: 29 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch3

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

How to Cite

Shlichta, J. G. and Smilanich, A. M. (2012) Immune Responses and Their Potential Role in Insect Outbreaks, in Insect Outbreaks Revisited (eds P. Barbosa, D. K. Letourneau and A. A. Agrawal), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 USA

  2. 4

    Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA

  3. 5

    Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

  4. 6

    Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Université de Neuchâtel, Institut de biologie, Laboratoire d'entomologie évolutive, CH-2000 Neuchatel, Switzerland

  2. 2

    Desert Research Institute, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, 89512 USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337594

Online ISBN: 9781118295205



  • immune responses, potential roles in insect outbreaks;
  • insect immune response and pest herbivore escape;
  • immune response, mechanisms or conditions and outbreaks;
  • parasitism, defoliator and other outbreak populations;
  • host plant diet, source of variation in immune response;
  • immune responses in outbreak formation/decline, and genetic component;
  • insect outbreaks and the immune response;
  • immune response, defense against parasitic enemies;
  • density of conspecifics of area, prophylaxis and melanism increase;
  • outbreak species, polyphagous and host plant selection


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The insect immune response

  • Sources of variation in immune response associated with outbreaks

  • Traits or conditions associated with outbreak species

  • Hypotheses on insect outbreaks and the immune response

  • Conclusions

  • References