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- DescriptionThe gemics revolution has expanded from its origins in molecular biology to impact upon every discipline in the life sciences, including ecology. Several lines of ecological research can w be profitably addressed using gemics techlogy, including issues of nutrient cycling, population structure, life-history variation, trophic interaction, stress responses, and adaptation to environmental change. This new edition addresses a series of fundamental ecological questions: the relationship between community structure and ecological function in ecosystems; how variation in life-history patterns among species can be explained from interaction between the geme and the environment; the molecular responses to changing and toxic environmental conditions; adaptive phetypes and their relationship to genetic variation. Each of these questions is evaluated in the light of recent advances in gemics research, paying particular attention to data obtained from sequencing and screening of environmental gemes (metagemics), microarray-based transcription profiling, gene expression directed by signal-transduction pathways, and the analysis of gemic polymorphisms. The chapters covering these key areas are preceded by discussions of gemics methodology (including an overview of next-generation sequencing techlogies) and comparative gemics, and the book concludes with a chapter on integrative approaches such as ecological control analysis. The authors also provide a comparative survey of the properties of gemes (geme size, gene families, synteny, and polymorphism) for prokaryotes as well as the main eukaryotic models. An Introduction to Ecological Gemics incorporates a balance of plant, animal, and microbial examples, and continues to define the new and exciting field of ecological gemics.
- Author BiographyNico M. van Straalen is Professor of Animal Ecology at the Department of Ecological Science, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. Dick Roelofs is a Lecturer in Molecular Ecology at the Department of Ecological Science, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.
- Author(s)Dick Roelofs,Nico M. van Straalen
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication27/10/2011
- SubjectScience & Mathematics: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note150 illustrations
- Weight822 g
- Width190 mm
- Height247 mm
- Spine41 mm
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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