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Maternal Effects as Adaptations

Edited By: Timothy A Mousseau and Charles W Fox

375 pages, 74 figs, tabs

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Jul 1998 | #83445 | ISBN: 019511163X
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Introduces several new theories and presents a great deal of empirical data exploring and explaining the adaptive significance and evolutionary consequences of maternal effects.

"Its main message is that maternal effects may often have evolved as adaptations for life in heterogeneous environments. The nineteen chapters fall into four groups: theoretical and conceptual issues; assessing and measuring maternal effects; reviews of maternal effects in various taxa...; and specific case studies in four taxa..." --Evolution
"The volume edited by Mousseau & Fox is concerned with maternal adaptations, those mechanisms that mothers employ to enhance the fitness of their offspring; with maternal effects, parents contribute more than genes to the next generation. . . . The volume is organized into four parts: (1) recent theoretical developments; (2) assessment and measurement of maternal effects; (3) reviews of maternal effects across taxa; and (4) case studies of the adaptive significance of maternal effects. . . . [Maternal effects] blur the distinction between genetic and environmental components of phenotypic variation and present a range of challenges from co


Part 1: Theoretical Considerations; 1. The Evolutionary Genetics of Maternal Effects; 2. The Influence of Direct and Indirect Genetic Effects on the Evolution of Behavior: Social and Sexual Selection Meet Maternal Effects; 3. Inertial Growth: Population Dynamics Based on Maternal Effects; 4. What is Adaptive Environmentally Induced Parental Effect?; 5. Oviposition Decisions as Maternal Effects: Conundrums and Opportunities for Conservation Biologists; Part 2: Assessment and Measurement; 6. The Detection and Measurement of Maternal Effects; 7. The Genetics of Maternal Effects; 8. The Role of Environmental Variation in Parental Effects Expression; Part 3: Reviews of Maternal Effects Expression; 9. Maternal Environmental Effects in Plants: Adaptive Plasticity?; 10. Maternal Effects as Adaptations for Transgenerational Phenotypic Plasticity (TPP); 11. Are Maternal Effects in Fish Adaptive or Merely Physiological Side-Effects?; 12. Maternal and Paternal Effects in Birds; 13. Maternal Influences on Larval Competition in Insects; 14. Maternal Effects, Developmental Plasticity, and Life History Evolution: An Amphibial Model; 15. Perinatal Influences on the Reproductive Behavior of Adult Rodents; Part 4: Case Studies of Maternal Effects; 16. Maternal Control of Fly Diapause; 17. Adaptation of Maternal Effects in the Wild: Path Analysis of Natural Variation and Experimental Tests of Causation; 18. Maternal Effects and the Maintenance of Environmental Sex Determination; 19. Density-Mediated Maternal Effects on Seed Size in Wild Radish: Genetic Variation and its Evolutionary Implications; Concluding Remarks: Generalizations, Implications, and Future Directions

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