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Evolutionary Theory and Processes: Modern Perspectives : Papers in Honour of Eviatar Nevo - Solomon P. Wasser

Evolutionary Theory and Processes: Modern Perspectives

Papers in Honour of Eviatar Nevo

By: Solomon P. Wasser (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1998
ISBN: 9780792355182
Number Of Pages: 466

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This volume consists of papers written by evolutionary, molecular and organismal biologists, geneticists, ecologists, behavioural ecologists, morphologists, mathematicians, theoreticians and experimentalists, in honour of Professor Eviatar (Eibi) Nevo on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. The contributors are only a small subset of Eibi's many friends, collaborators and students (not that one can distinguish these categories among Eibi's colleagues). His widespread influence and activity, both in Israel and more generally, as a leading evolutionary biologist is indicated by his many co-authors on books and papers, and by his many students integrated in teaching and research.
This volume presents some of the most recent dramatic results of molecular, genomic, and organismal evolutionary processes. It represents analyses, experiments, observations, reviews, discussions and forecasts of evolutionary theory comprising both novel methods and results, reanalyzed and reviewed data sets based on comparative, experimental, and theoretical studies utilizing model organisms across phylogeny, including bacteria, fungi, plants, animals and humans. It elucidates the revolution in molecular biology that ushered in our understanding of the evolutionary process over time and space. The topics discussed include major problems of evolutionary theory concerning origins, phylogeny, relative importance of evolutionary forces, structure and function, adaptation and speciation in space and time in changing and stressful environments. A major emerging generalization is the nonrandomness of genome structure highlighting the importance of natural selection as a major organizing evolutionary force not only at the phenotypic level, but most importantly at the interlinked genotypic molecular level. The integration between the molecular and organismal levels unifies life which is subjected to the mechanism of natural selection as a major orienting evolutionary force.

'... the book can be recommended to anybody interested in evolutionary biology' Acta Theriologica , 46 (2):221-223 (2001)

Forewordp. IX
Eviatar Nevo (In Honour of His 70th Birthday)p. X
List of Selected Publications of Eviatar Nevop. XVI
Introductory Remarksp. XLIV
List of Contributorsp. LI
Acknowledgmentsp. LVI
Evolutionary Theory
HLA Polymorphism and Evolutionp. 3
Selection, Darwinian Fitness and Evolution in Local Populationsp. 23
Selection for Adaptive Traits as a Factor of Recombination Evolution: Evidence from Natural and Experimental Populationsp. 31
The Role of Recombination in Plant Genome Evolutionp. 55
Variation and Fidelity: The Evolution of Simple Sequence Repeats as Functional Elements in Adjustable Genesp. 65
TIMA a Recent Evolutionary Paradigmp. 83
Stable Gene Associations in Breeding and Evolution of Grassesp. 97
Compositional Correlations and Gene Distribution of the Human Genomep. 115
At the World's Cross Roadsp. 125
Molecular Biology and Phylogeny
Molecular Clocks and the Origin of Animalsp. 151
Using Gene Trees to Infer Species from Testable Null Hypothesis: Cohesion Species in the Spalax ehrenbergi Complexp. 171
Primate Phylogeny and Classification Elucidated at the Molecular Levelp. 193
Significant Segment Pair Alignment for Protein Sequences between Animals, Plants, and Fungip. 213
Molecular Genetic Characterization of Two Insular Asian Cat Species, Bornean Bay Cat and Iriomote Catp. 223
Microsatellite Loci and the Origin of Modern Humans: Bayesian Analysisp. 249
Biodiversity and Speciation
Can Biodiversity and Genetic Variability be Conserved in Hostile Environments?p. 273
Species Diversity and Biology of Fungal Life in the Extremely Hypersaline Water of the Dead Seap. 283
Speciation Patterns in Predominately Self-Pollinated Annualsp. 301
Allelic Variation at the MN Locus Varies with Climatic Variation in Africans and Native Americansp. 309
Genetic Structure of Natural Populations of the Parasitic Wasp Nasonia vitripennis Wlk. (Hymenoptera, Chalcididae) and the Role of Haplo-Diploid Sex Determination in Microevolutionp. 319
Pioneer of the evolutionary genetics
Studies on wild barley, Hordeum spontaneum C. Koch at the Scottish Crop Research Institutep. 325
Adaptive Evolutionary Strategies
The Halophilic Archaea-Evolutionary Relationships and Adaptation to Life at High Salt Concentrationsp. 345
The Functinal Ecology of Nectar Guides in Relation to Insects Behavior and Visionp. 363
Syndrome of Eusociality in African Subterranean Mole-Rats (Bathyergidae, Rodentia), its Diagnosis and Aetiologyp. 385
Afterripening, Amounts of Rain for Germination, and Seedling Drought Tolerance, of Local and Edaphic Geno-Ecotypes of Hordeum spontaneum C. Koch from Israelp. 419
Oviposition Site Selection in Response to Risk of Predation: Evidence from Aquatic Habitats and Consequences for Population Dynamics and Community Structurep. 441
Indexp. 457
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ISBN: 9780792355182
ISBN-10: 0792355180
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 466
Published: 31st December 1998
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 2.01

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