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Photoperiodism: The Biological Calendar

Edited By: Randy J Nelson, David L Denlinger and David E Somers

581 pages, 17 b/w halftones, 95 line illus

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Feb 2010 | #181676 | ISBN-13: 9780195335903
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This book examines the role of photoperiod (day length) in timing seasonal adaptations in plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates, and is the first to present such a broad perspective on the subject in quite some time. The current literature is distinctly separated among researchers working with these different taxa, resulting in inefficiency and redundancies. The field is poised to make rapid progress in the understanding of seasonal clocks at all levels of analysis, and Photoperiodism brings together experts working in disparate areas to stimulate conversation among investigators from all related disciplines.

At the end of the book, the three editors analyze common themes in photoperiod time measurement across taxa, as well as common and dissimilar approaches to the study of photoperiodism, and propose future directions in research on photoperiodic time measurement.

"This new book will be an invaluable resource for scientists interested in the seasonal responses of organisms to their environment. For the first time in many years, comprehensive reviews of how plants, animals, and fungi determine and respond to the changing seasons have been brought together into one volume. The breadth and depth of these well-written reviews are impressive and should spark productive cross-disciplinary thinking in the field."--Stacey Harmer, Department of Plant Biology, University of California-Davis
"While the title of this comprehensive and timely book, Photoperiodism: The Biological Calendar, may indicate a rather narrowly focused book, that is certainly not the case. This comprehensive review of how, in most cases, the circadian clock is involved in measuring day length and how this information is used to regulate adaptive seasonal changes in diverse cellular, metabolic, physiological, and behavior processes across the plant and animal kingdoms, wil


PART I. PHOTOPERIODISM IN PLANTS AND FUNGI; BRIEF OVERVIEW; 1. Photoperiodic Control of Flowering in the Long Day Plant Arabidopsis thaliana; 2. Photoperiodic Control of Flowering in the Short Day Plant Oryza Sativa (rice); 3. The Photoperiodic Flowering Response in Pharbitis nil ; 4. Photoperiodic Control of Flowering in Lemna; 5. Photoperiodic Control of Dormancy and Flowering in Trees; 6. Integration of Photoperiodic Timing and Vernalization in Arabidopsis; 7. Seasonality and Photoperiodism in Fungi; PART II. PHOTOPERIODISM IN INVERTEBRATES; BRIEF OVERVIEW; 8. Photoperiodism in Mollusks; 9. Photoperiodism in Copepods; 10. Photoperiodism in Insects: Migration and Diapause Responses; 11. Photoperiodism in Insects: Perception of Light and the Role of Clock Genes; 12. Photoperiodism in Insects: Molecular Basis and Consequences of Diapause; 13. Photoperiodism: Effects on Insect Morphology; 14. Photoperiodism in Insects: Aphid Polyphenism; PART III. PHOTOPERIODISM IN VERTEBRATES; BRIEF OVERVIEW; 15. Photoperiodism in Fish; 16. Photoperiodism in Reptiles and Amphibians; 17. Photoperiodism in Birds; 18. Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Avian Photoperiodism; 19. Photoperiodism in Mammals: Non-Reproductive Traits; 20. Photoperiodism in Mammals: Reproduction; 21. Genetic and Molecular Mechanisms of Mammalian Photoperiodism; 22. Overview of Photoperiodism

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