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Comparative Physiology of Fasting, Starvation, and Food Limitation

  • The only up-to-date and comprehensive book on starvation biology
  • Written by active researchers in the field
  • A valuable source of information for scientists in animal physiology, nutrition, biochemistry and evolutionary adaptation

By: Marshall D McCue(Editor)

421 pages, 24 colour & 60 b/w illustrations


Paperback | Nov 2014 | #215418 | ISBN-13: 9783642447303
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Hardback | May 2012 | #198315 | ISBN-13: 9783642290558
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About this book

All animals face the possibility of food limitation and ultimately starvation-induced mortality. Comparative Physiology of Fasting, Starvation, and Food Limitation summarizes state of the art of starvation biology from the ecological causes of food limitation to the physiological and evolutionary consequences of prolonged fasting. It is written for an audience with an understanding of general principles in animal physiology, yet offers a level of analysis and interpretation that will engage seasoned scientists. Each chapter is written by active researchers in the field of comparative physiology and draws on the primary literature of starvation both in nature and the laboratory. The chapters are organized among broad taxonomic categories, such as protists, arthropods, fishes, reptiles, birds, and flying, aquatic, and terrestrial mammals including humans; particularly well-studied animal models, e.g. endotherms are further organized by experimental approaches, such as analyses of blood metabolites, stable isotopes, thermobiology, and modeling of body composition.


- Marshall D. McCue: An introduction
- Jean-Herve Lignot, Yvon LeMaho: A history of modern research into fasting, starvation, and inanition
- Kevin L. Kirk: Starvation in rotifers: physiology in an ecological context
- Allen G. Gibbs, Lauren A. Reynolds: Drosophila as a model for starvation
- Johannes Overgaard, Tobias Wang: Metabolic transitions during feast and famine in spiders
- Nadav Bar, Helene Volkoff: Adaption of the physiological, endocrine and the digestive system functions to prolonged food deprivation in fish
- Frederic Hervant: Starvation in subterranean species versus surface-dwelling species: crustaceans, fish, and salamanders
- Marshall D. McCue, Harvey B. Lillywhite, Steven J. Beaupre: Physiological responses to starvation in snakes
- Rike Campen, Matthias Starck: Cardiovascular circuits and digestive function of intermittent-feeding sauropsids
- Esa Hohtola: Thermoregulatory adaptations to starvation in birds
- Susanne Jenni-Eiermann and Lukas Jenni: Fasting in birds: general patterns and the special case of endurance flight
- Ulf Bauchinger, Scott R. McWilliams: Tissue-specific mass changes during fasting: the protein turnover hypothesis
- Xueying Zhang et al: Seasonal changes in body mass and energy balance in wild small mammals
- Jehan-Herve Lignot: Changes in form and function of the gastrointestinal tract during starvation: from pythons to rats
- Edwin R. Price, Teresa G. Valencak: Changes in fatty acid composition during starvation in vertebrates
- Miriam Ben-Hamo et al.: Physiological Responses to Fasting in Bats
- Hank Harlow: Muscle protein and strength retention by bears during winter fasting and starvation
- Duane E. Ullrey: Seasonal starvation in northern white-tailed deer
- Cory Champagne et al: Fasting physiology of the pinnipeds
- Kent A. Hatch: The use and application of stable isotope analysis to the study of starvation, fasting, and nutritional stress
- Kevin Grant: Study and treatment of human starvation in the United Kingdom and India
- Kevin D. Hall: Quantitative physiology of human starvation: adaptations of energy expenditure, macronutrient metabolism and body composition
- Krista A. Varady: Alternate day fasting: effects on body weight and chronic disease risk in humans and animals
- Marshall D. McCue: Horizons in starvation research

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