Biochemistry and Structural Biology of Insects

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Why Study Insects? 

Insects are the most abundant animals on earth. More than one million different types of insects have been identified. They live in just about every situation or habitat on earth. Insects have lived on earth for more than 300 million years. As you will see, insects are just about everywhere! If you take the time to observe them carefully, you will find them very interesting.

No matter where you live or what you do, you will be able to find insects. They can live in just about any situation or climate. Nearly everybody will have some type of problem with insects at some time in their life. Some insects eat our crops or food in storage; others can bite or sting us, our livestock, or our pets. A few insects spread diseases. Some eat our clothing and other household furnishings, and some even eat the wood in our homes. Certain insects are helpful to us by producing products we can use (for example, honey), by pollinating our crops, or by attacking pest insects. Our lab is focusing mostly on insect pest which are harmful for human and agriculture. We study various unexplored biochemical pathways of various insect to identify novel target to control these insect pest in more specific and effective manner (Ref:

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Rakesh S. Joshi
Assistant Professor
Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology (IBB)
Savitribai Phule Pune University
Ganeshkhind Road
Pune 411008, Maharashtra, India

Phone:             91-20-25691333 (232/233)

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