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Sex Ratios : Concepts and Research Methods - Ian C. W. Hardy

Sex Ratios

Concepts and Research Methods

By: Ian C. W. Hardy (Editor)

Paperback Published: 4th September 2002
ISBN: 9780521665780
Number Of Pages: 440

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Covering sex allocation, sex determination and operational sex ratios, this multi-author volume provides both a conceptual context and an instruction in methods for many aspects of sex ratio research. Theory, statistical analysis and genetics are each explained and discussed in the first three sections. The remaining chapters each focus on research in one of a wide spectrum of animal, plant and microbial taxa, including sex ratio distorting bacteria in invertebrates, malarial parasites, birds, human and other mammals, giving critical appraisals of such research. Sex Ratios: Concepts and Research Methods is primarily intended for graduate and professional behavioural and evolutionary ecologists in this field, but it will also be useful to biologists building evolutionary models, and researchers analysing data involving proportions or comparisons across phylogenetically related species.

' ... this excellent book provides an up-to-date and critical review of the models and data relating to sex ratios. ... well structured and demonstrated that a multi-authored book can be cohesive.' TRENDS in Ecology and Evolution '... clearly structured, instructive, generously brimming with examples and contains useful, concise chapter summaries. Evolutionary biologists will find it not only useful but also accessible and engaging.' Kate Oddie, Animal Behaviour 'Hardy has done an excellent job in editing a book that conveys the continuing excitement in sex ratio research while still, to paraphrase Darwin, leaving some problems for future solution.' Science '... an invaluable manual for any researcher in this field.' Louise Rowe, British Ornithologists' Union 'Hardy has done an excellent job in editing a book that conveys the continuing excitement in sex ratio research while still, to paraphrase Darwin, leaving some problems for future solution.' Science '... an excellent volume.' Ethnology 'I would recommend anyone interested in the use or evolution of sex ratios theory to read this book. Every academic library should have a copy on their shelves.' Biologist '

List of contributorsp. ix
Preface and acknowledgementsp. xiii
Sex ratio theory
Models of sex ratio evolutionp. 2
Optimal sex allocation: steps towards a mechanistic theoryp. 26
Statistical analysis of sex ratio data
Statistical analysis of sex ratios: an introductionp. 48
Analysis of sex ratios in social insectsp. 93
Analysis of sex ratio variances and sequences of sex allocationp. 112
Comparative analysis of sex ratiosp. 132
Genetics of sex ratio and sex determination
Sex-determining mechanisms in vertebratesp. 158
Sex determination in invertebratesp. 178
Sex ratio distorters and their detectionp. 195
Animal sex ratios under different life-histories
Sex ratios of parasitic Hymenoptera with unusual life-historiesp. 218
Sex ratio control in arrhenotokous and pseudo-arrhenotokous mitesp. 235
Aphid sex ratiosp. 254
Sex ratios in birds and mammals: can the hypotheses be disentangled?p. 266
Human sex ratios: adaptations and mechanisms, problems and prospectsp. 287
Sex ratios in plants and protozoa
Sex ratios of malaria parasites and related protozoap. 314
Sex allocation in hermaphrodite plantsp. 333
Sex ratios in dioecious plantsp. 349
Applications of sex ratios
Operational sex ratios and mating competitionp. 366
Using sex ratios: the past and the futurep. 383
Using sex ratios: why bother?p. 399
Indexp. 414
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ISBN: 9780521665780
ISBN-10: 0521665787
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 4th September 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.89