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Insect Physiological Ecology: Mechanisms and Patterns

By: S Chown and S Nicolson

243 pages, Figs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jul 2004 | #144656 | ISBN: 0198515499
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The authors draw together the central issues in physiology (nutrition, water balance, temperature etc), treating each in sufficient detail to give researchers a broad update in summary form, as well as senior students a feel for current work in the field. In addition, they examine patterns in physiological variation, and go on to explore the mechanisms underlying this variation as well as the ecological and evolutionary consequences.

This exceptional book is clearly written, well organized, and rich in data from primary sources. As well as being suitable for professional biologists, this novel volume would provide a stimulating basis for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate-level seminar seeking to explore the interface between ecology and physiology. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above - R. E. Lee Jr., Miami University For those who wish to take their entomological studies that bit further, this is a book well worth reading. Though the subject covered is complex, to say the least, the presentation of this work makes it relatively easy reading. The Entomologist's Record ... this work does present a great deal of original data and is likely to become required reading for anyone studying entomology the level of first degree upwards. The Entomologist's Record


1. Introduction; 2. Nutritional physiology and ecology; 3. Metabolism and gas exchange; 4. Water balance physiology; 5. Lethal temperature limits; 6. Thermoregulation; 7. Conclusion

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