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About this book
About this book
Physiological ecology is concerned with the way that physiological traits fit organisms for the ecological circumstances in which they live, so there is always an implicit evolutionary component to it. This book is concerned with physiological studies that make the evolutionary considerations explicit. The first part explores physiological models that predict how, under different ecological pressures, resources should be invested in such metabolic processes as costs of maintenance, growth patterns and allometries, ageing and physiological adaptability. In the context of the integrated metabolism of whole organisms, the second part of the volume considers aspects of the physiological ecology of specific organisms. The underlying theme of these chapters is the link between genotype and physiological phenotype.
Paperback re-issue, originally published in 1987.
1. Evolutionary physiological ecology? P. Calow; 2. Optimum efficiencies of energy transformation in anoxic metabolism E. Gnaiger; 3. The strategies of power and economy E. Gnaiger; 4. Growth and resource allocation R. M. Sibly and P. Calow; 5. Maintenance and repair processes in relation to senescence: Adaptive strategies of neglect T. B. L. Kirkwood; 6. Evolution of the breadth of biochemical adaptation M. Lynch and W. Gabriel; 7. Evolution from the viewpoint of Escherichia coli A.L. Koch; 8. Evolutionary physiological ecology of plants J. P. Grime, R. Hunt and W. J. Krzanowski; 9. Adaptive characteristics of leaves with special reference to violets O. T. Solbrig; 10. Evolutionary constraints and symbiosis in Hydra L. B. Slobodkin, K. Dunn and P. Bossert; 11. Genetic aspects of physiological adaptation in bivalve molluscs B. L. Bayne; 12. Energy constraints and reproductive trade-offs determining body size in fishes R. LeB. Dunbrack and D. M. Ware; 13. The evolution of mammalian energetics B. K. McNab.