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Insect Clocks, Third Edition - D.S. Saunders

Insect Clocks, Third Edition

Hardcover Published: 28th October 2002
ISBN: 9780444504074
Number Of Pages: 576

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Chronobiology is the study of timing mechanisms in biological systems as diverse as plants, animals and some micro-organisms. It includes rhythmic phenomena ranging from short period (ultradian) through daily (circadian) to long period (monthly, annual) cycles of behaviour, physiology and biochemistry. In recent years spectacular advances have been made, particularly in the field of circadian rhythms, and hardly a week passes without important papers appearing in the major scientific journals.

The third edition of "Insect Clocks," like its predecessors, deals with the properties and functions of clock-like processes in one of the planet's most abundant groups of organisms. The first half of the book is concerned with circadian rhythmicity, the second with annual responses such as over-wintering diapause, seasonal morphs and cold hardiness. "Insect Clocks" puts modern developments in these fields into a secure framework of the 'classical' literature that has defined the subject.

The book is directed at active researchers in the field as well as newcomers and scientists working in many other areas of modern biology. It will also serve as a textbook for advanced and less advanced students and should find its way into university libraries wishing to keep abreast of the times.

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J. Hardie ...It is a very readable, erudite volume that will appeal to undergraduate scholars, postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers. It should find its way onto the bookshelves in offices and laboratories as well as libraries. Indeed, it is essential reading for anyone interested in the area and purchasers will not be disappointed. Physiological Entomology

Glossary and list of symbols
Introduction: rhythms and clocks
Circadian rhythms of activity in individual insects
Circadian rhythms of activity in populations of insects
Circadian rhythms: genes and the feedback loop
Physiology of circadian systems
The multioscillator circadian system
Quantitative models for insect clocks
Circadian rhythms: photoreceptor and clock location
Photoperiodism and seasonal cycles of development
The photoperiodic response
Circadian rhythms in photoperiodism
The photoperiodic counter
Photoperiodic time measurement: the clock-counter mechanism
Photoperiodic photoreceptors and clock location
Other types of insect clocks
Clock complexity: the way forward?
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ISBN: 9780444504074
ISBN-10: 0444504079
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 28th October 2002
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.18
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised

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