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Maternal Effects as Adaptations - Timothy A. Mousseau

Maternal Effects as Adaptations

By: Timothy A. Mousseau (Editor), Charles W. Fox (Editor)

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Published: 1st May 1998
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Mothers have the ability to profoundly affect the quality of their offspring--from the size and quality of their eggs to where, when, and how eggs and young are placed, and from providing for and protecting developing young to choosing a mate. In many instances, these maternal effects may be the single most important contributor to variation in offspring fitness. This book explores the wide variety of maternal effects that have evolved in plants and animals as mechanisms of adaptation to temporally and spatially heterogeneous environments. Topics range from the evolutionary implications of maternal effects to the assessment and measurement of maternal effects. Four detailed case studies are also included. This book represents the first synthesis of the current state of knowledge concerning the evolution of maternal effects and their adaptive significance.

"Its main message is that maternal effects may often have evolved as adaptations for life in heterogeneous environments. The nineteen chapters fall into four groups: theoretical and conceptual issues; assessing and measuring maternal effects; reviews of maternal effects in various taxa...; and specific case studies in four taxa..." --Evolution "The volume edited by Mousseau & Fox is concerned with maternal adaptations, those mechanisms that mothers employ to enhance the fitness of their offspring; with maternal effects, parents contribute more than genes to the next generation. . . . The volume is organized into four parts: (1) recent theoretical developments; (2) assessment and measurement of maternal effects; (3) reviews of maternal effects across taxa; and (4) case studies of the adaptive significance of maternal effects. . . . [Maternal effects] blur the distinction between genetic and environmental components of phenotypic variation and present a range of challenges from conceptual formulation to experimental design and assessment. But, to paraphrase Feller (1971), challenges are not overcome by ignoring them. This excellent volume will allow us both to face the challenges raised by maternal effects and to overcome these challenges, into an even more advanced understanding of adaptation."--Animal Behaviour "Occasionally there is a multiauthored book that is inspiring enough to revive the interest of evolutionary biologists in some unduly neglected concept. . . . The present book may do [that] for maternal effects. . . . This book challenges us to expand our view of selection and adaptation to include the cross-generational extended phenotypes of parents expressed in their offspring . . . The authors discuss species in which parents choose oviposition sites, incubate eggs, care for or educate their young, and where eggs contain, in addition to nutrients, hormones, antibodies, mRNA, and photoperiod-induced cues. . . . This volume is a high-quality contribution to the literature on phenotypic plasticity, selection and adaptation, and development as an aspect of natural history and evolution. Perhaps the most important message it contains is clear evidence for the role of environmental factors in structuring development from its earliest inception."--The Quarterly Review of Biology "Its main message is that maternal effects may often have evolved as adaptations for life in heterogeneous environments. The nineteen chapters fall into four groups: theoretical and conceptual issues; assessing and measuring maternal effects; reviews of maternal effects in various taxa...; and specific case studies in four taxa..." --Evolution "The volume edited by Mousseau & Fox is concerned with maternal adaptations, those mechanisms that mothers employ to enhance the fitness of their offspring; with maternal effects, parents contribute more than genes to the next generation. . . . The volume is organized into four parts: (1) recent theoretical developments; (2) assessment and measurement of maternal effects; (3) reviews of maternal effects across taxa; and (4) case studies of the adaptive significance of maternal effects. . . . [Maternal effects] blur the distinction between genetic and environmental components of phenotypic variation and present a range of challenges from conceptual formulation to experimental design and assessment. But, to paraphrase Feller (1971), challenges are not overcome by ignoring them. This excellent volume will allow us both to face the challenges raised by maternal effects and to overcome these challenges, into an even more advanced understanding of adaptation."--Animal Behaviour "Occasionally there is a multiauthored book that is inspiring enough to revive the interest of evolutionary biologists in some unduly neglected concept. . . . The present book may do [that] for maternal effects. . . . This book challenges us to expand our view of selection and adaptation to include the cross-generational extended phenotypes of parents expressed in their offspring . . . The authors discuss species in which parents choose oviposition sites, incubate eggs, care for or educate their young, and where eggs contain, in addition to nutrients, hormones, antibodies, mRNA, and photoperiod-induced cues. . . . This volume is a high-quality contribution to the literature on phenotypic plasticity, selection and adaptation, and development as an aspect of natural history and evolution. Perhaps the most important message it contains is clear evidence for the role of environmental factors in structuring development from its earliest inception."--The Quarterly Review of Biology

Part I. Conceptual Issues 1: Michael J. Wade: The Evolutionary Genetics of Maternal Effects 2: Allen J. Moore, Jason B. Wolf, and Edmund D. Brodie III: The Influence of Direct and Indirect Genetic Effects on the Evolution of Behavior: Social and Sexual Selection Meet Maternal Effects 3: Lev R. Ginzburg: Inertial Growth: Population Dynamics Based on Maternal Effects 4: Elizabeth P. Lacey: What Is an Adaptive Environmentally Induced Parental Effect 5: Bernard D. Roitberg: Oviposition Decisions as Maternal Effects: Conundrums and Opportunities for Conservation Biologists Part II. Assessment and Measurement 6: Derek A. Roff: The Detection and Measurement of Maternal Effects 7: Ruth G. Shaw & Diane L. Byers: Genetics of Maternal and Paternal Effects 8: MaryCarol Rossiter: The Role of Environmental Variation in Parental Effects Expression Part III. Reviews of Maternal Effects Expression 9: Kathleen Donohue & Johanna Schmitt: Maternal Environmental Effects in Plants: Adaptive Plasticity? 10: Charles W. Fox & Timothy A. Mousseau: Maternal Effects as Adaptations for Transgenerational Phenotypic Plasticity in Insects 11: Daniel D. Heath & D. Max Blouw: Are Maternal Effects in Fish Adaptive or Merely Physiological Side Effects? 12: Trevor Price: Maternal and Paternal Effects in Birds: Effects on Offspring Fitness 13: Frank J. Messina: Maternal Influences on Larval Competition in Insects 14: Robert H. Kaplan: Maternal Effects, Developmental Plasticity, and Life History Evolution: An Amphibian Model 15: Mertice M. Clark & Bennett F. Galef, Jr.: Perinatal Influences on the Reproductive Behavior of Adult Rodents Part IV. Case Studies of Maternal Effects 16: David L. Denlinger: Maternal Control of Fly Diapause 17: Barry Sinervo: Adaptation of Maternal Effects in the Wild: Path Analysis of Natural Variation and Experimental Tests of Causation 18: Willem M. Roosenburg & Peter Niewiarowski: Maternal Effects and the Maintenance of Environmental Sex Determination 19: Susan J. Mazer & Lorne M. Wolfe: Density-Mediated Maternal Effects on Seed Size in Wild Radish: Genetic Variation and Its Evolutionary Implications

ISBN: 9780195111637
ISBN-10: 019511163X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st May 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 17.63  x 2.74
Weight (kg): 0.72