Book Review: Nation JL. 2016. Insect Physiology and Biochemistry. Third Edition.

Russell Jurenka


The third edition of Nation’s “Insect Physiology and Biochemistry” has been thoroughly updated from the second edition, which was published in 2008. I also reviewed the second edition (Jurenka 2008; Florida Entomologist 91: 715). As occurred with previous updates, each chapter has received some updating, with many references added and, where needed, additional narrative in the text. It was nice to see that a thorough update of the recently confirmed juvenile hormone receptor was added to this edition. Like the previous edition, each chapter has a preview, which puts the contents of the chapter in perspective, followed by an introduction and then the contents of the chapter. An updated reference list follows each chapter, and the list appears to be comprehensive, with this edition now containing about 2,600 references. Professor Nation has added a number of review and self-study questions to the end of each chapter before the references. This is new to the third edition and should be a welcomed addition to students taking an Insect Physiology course. Furthermore, new colored pictures and figures were added to the center of the textbook, adding to the overall appeal of the book.


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