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Water is fundamental to life and all metabolic reactions are influenced by the aqueous environment in which they occur. Osmoregulation and water balance are therefore absolutely essential topics in animal physiology.
Animal Osmoregulation collates a widely dispersed literature to produce a comprehensive and authoritative synthesis of the field, providing detailed examples of osmoregulatory processes at the organismal, organ and cellular level. It incorporates clear background information on ion regulation and transport (specifically in the light of recent molecular studies) and illustrates the physical principles to which each organism must adhere, as well as the phylogenetic constraints within which it must operate.
As with other titles in the Oxford Animal Biology Series, the topic is addressed using examples from throughout the animal kingdom, identifying common themes that transcend taxonomy. This accessible text is suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in comparative animal physiology and environmental physiology. It will also be of value and use to the many professional physiologists requiring a concise overview of the topic.
Introduction; 1. The Properties of Water; 2. Osmosis; 3. The Interaction of Water with Organic Solutes; 4. The Need for, and often Conflicting Issues of, Osmoregulation and Volume Regulation; 5. Osmoconformers; 6. Hyporegulators; 7. Hyper-regulators: Life in Fresh Water; 8. Terrestrial Animals; 9. Membranes as Sites of Energy Transduction; 10. Transport of Ions and Water in Epithelia: Molecular Insights; 11. Volume and Osmotic Regulation
Well written, informative, easy to understand, and provides a solid overview on this topic, with an emphasis on animal diversity and evolutionary histories. The Quarterly Review of Biology