8. Insect-Associated Microorganisms and Their Possible Role in Outbreaks

  1. Pedro Barbosa4,
  2. Deborah K. Letourneau5 and
  3. Anurag A. Agrawal6,7
  1. Yasmin J. Cardoza1,
  2. Richard W. Hofstetter2 and
  3. Fernando E. Vega3

Published Online: 29 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118295205.ch8

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

Insect Outbreaks Revisited

How to Cite

Cardoza, Y. J., Hofstetter, R. W. and Vega, F. E. (2012) Insect-Associated Microorganisms and Their Possible Role in 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.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 4

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

  2. 5

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

  3. 6

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

  4. 7

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7613 USA

  2. 2

    Northern Arizona University, School of Forestry, Flagstaff, AZ USA 86011

  3. 3

    USDA, ARS, PSI, Sustainable Perennial Crops Laboratory, Beltsville, MD 20705 USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337594

Online ISBN: 9781118295205



  • insect-associated microorganisms, role in outbreaks;
  • microbial assemblages within insects;
  • insect pest outbreaks in natural systems, pest management practices;
  • mechanisms governing insect–symbiont associations;
  • obligate and facultative associations;
  • parasitism, commensalism, and mutualism;
  • microbial genetic contributions, facilitating host insect outbreaks;
  • symbiosis-facilitated insect outbreaks in new habitats;
  • obstacles to overcome, for applicability to be feasible


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Microbial assemblages within Insects

  • Can microbial genetic contributions facilitate host insect outbreaks?

  • Symbiosis-facilitated insect outbreaks in new habitats

  • Microbial symbionts as modulators of pest population dynamics

  • Manipulating microbes to affect insect outbreaks

  • References