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Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, v. 2 - Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, Volume 2 Amphibians (Hardcover, 2nd... Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, v. 2 - Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, Volume 2 Amphibians (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
David O. Norris, Kristin H. Lopez
R2,074 Discovery Miles 20 740 Within 7 - 12 working days

This series of volumes represents a comprehensive and integrated treatment of reproduction in vertebrates from fishes of all sorts through mammals. It is designed to provide a readable, coordinated description of reproductive basics in each group of vertebrates as well as an introduction to the latest trends in reproductive research and our understanding of reproductive events. Whereas each chapter and each volume is intended to stand alone as a review of that topic or vertebrate group, respectively, the volumes are prepared so as to provide a thorough topical treatment across the vertebrates. Terminology has been standardized across the volumes to reduce confusion where multiple names exist in the literature, and a comprehensive glossary of these terms and their alternative names is provided.
*A complete, essential and up to date reference for research scientists working on vertebrate hormones and reproduction - and on animlals as models in human reproductive research.
*Covers the endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, physiology, behaviour and anatomy of vertebrate reproduction.
*Structured coverage of the major themes for all five vertebrate groups allows a consistent treatment for all.
*Special chapters elaborate on features specific to individual vertebrate groups and to comparative aspects, similarities and differences between them.

Great White Sharks - The Biology of Carcharodon carcharias (Paperback, New edition): A. Peter Klimley, David G Ainley Great White Sharks - The Biology of Carcharodon carcharias (Paperback, New edition)
A. Peter Klimley, David G Ainley
R1,572 Discovery Miles 15 720 Within 7 - 12 working days

The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, is a marquee predator made famous by movie and myth. This text brings together the real evidence of both ecology and behaviour of these animals. This international team of separates fact from fiction and establishes a baseline from which additional research of great white sharks and sharks in general might proceed. The chapters are divided into sections on the geographic distribution, evolutionary history, behaviour with particular emphasis on the predatory relationship to seals and sea lions, movements and abundance of the species, and its interactions with man. Many of the scientific contributions resulted from the 1993 symposium in Bodega Bay, California, that attracted more than 80 specialists from around the world.

Plant Tissue Culture - Techniques and Experiments (Paperback, 3rd edition): Roberta H. Smith Plant Tissue Culture - Techniques and Experiments (Paperback, 3rd edition)
Roberta H. Smith
R1,472 R1,248 Discovery Miles 12 480 Save R224 (15%) Within 7 - 12 working days

"Plant Tissue Culture, " Third Edition builds on the classroom tested, audience proven manual that has guided users through successful plant culturing A.tumefaciens mediated transformation, infusion technology, the latest information on media components and preparation, and regeneration and morphogenesis along with new exercises and diagrams provide current information and examples.

The included experiments demonstrate major concepts and can be conducted with a variety of plant material that are readily available throughout the year. This book provides a diverse learning experience and is appropriate for both university students and plant scientists.
Provides new exercises demonstrating tobacco leaf infiltration to observe transient expression of proteins and subcellular location of the protein, and information on development of a customized protocol for protoplast isolation for other experimental systems

Includes detailed drawings that complement both introductions and experiments

Guides reader from lab setup to supplies, stock solution and media preparation, explant selection and disinfestations, and experimental observations and measurement

Provides the latest techniques and media information, including A. tumefaciens mediated transformation and infusion technology

Fully updated literature

Wolves of the World - Perspectives of Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (Hardcover): Fred H. Harrington, Paul C. Paquet Wolves of the World - Perspectives of Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (Hardcover)
Fred H. Harrington, Paul C. Paquet
R1,380 Discovery Miles 13 800 Within 7 - 11 working days

Since the early 1940s, North America has been the focus of studies of free-ranging wolves. Much of Canada and most of Alaska support numerous, viable and sometimes thriving wolf populations. This comprehensive text considers the behavior and ecology of wild wolves in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Israel, and Iran. It also discusses wolf behavior in captivity and methods of conservation. This book and others in the Animal Science series have been used as textbooks in classrooms across the world.

Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates (Hardcover, New): Kristin H. Lopez, David O. Norris Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates (Hardcover, New)
Kristin H. Lopez, David O. Norris
R7,228 R6,803 Discovery Miles 68 030 Save R425 (6%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This series of volumes represents a comprehensive and integrated treatment of reproduction in vertebrates from fishes of all sorts through mammals. It is designed to provide a readable, coordinated description of reproductive basics in each group of vertebrates as well as an introduction to the latest trends in reproductive research and our understanding of reproductive events. Whereas each chapter and each volume is intended to stand alone as a review of that topic or vertebrate group, respectively, the volumes are prepared so as to provide a thorough topical treatment across the vertebrates. Terminology has been standardized across the volumes to reduce confusion where multiple names exist in the literature, and a comprehensive glossary of these terms and their alternative names is provided.
About the Editors
Dr. David O. Norris is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Dr. Richard E. Jones is Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado. The editors have collectively studied endocrinology and reproduction of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles for more then 70 years. They previously edited "Hormones and Reproduction in Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles" (1987). This series represents a revision of that offering and is expanded to include birds and mammals. Additionally, Dr. Norris is the author of the textbook "Vertebrate Endocrinology" (2007, 4th edition) and Dr. Jones is co-author of the textbook "Human Reproductive Biology" (2006, 3rd edition).
*A complete, essential and up to date reference for research scientists working on vertebrate hormones and reproduction - and on animlals as models in human reproductive research.
*Covers the endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, physiology, behaviour and anatomy of vertebrate reproduction.
*Structured coverage of the major themes for all five vertebrate groups allows a consistent treatment for all.
*Special chapters elaborate on features specific to individual vertebrate groups and to comparative aspects, similarities and differences between them.

Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, v.5 - Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, Volume 5 Mammals (Hardcover, 5th... Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, v.5 - Hormones and Reproduction of Vertebrates, Volume 5 Mammals (Hardcover, 5th edition)
David O. Norris, Kristin H. Lopez
R1,754 Discovery Miles 17 540 Within 7 - 12 working days

This series of volumes represents a comprehensive and integrated treatment of reproduction in vertebrates from fishes of all sorts through mammals. It is designed to provide a readable, coordinated description of reproductive basics in each group of vertebrates as well as an introduction to the latest trends in reproductive research and our understanding of reproductive events. Whereas each chapter and each volume is intended to stand alone as a review of that topic or vertebrate group, respectively, the volumes are prepared so as to provide a thorough topical treatment across the vertebrates. Terminology has been standardized across the volumes to reduce confusion where multiple names exist in the literature, and a comprehensive glossary of these terms and their alternative names is provided.
*A complete, essential and up to date reference for research scientists working on vertebrate hormones and reproduction - and on animlals as models in human reproductive research.
*Covers the endocrinology, neuroendocrinology, physiology, behaviour and anatomy of vertebrate reproduction.
*Structured coverage of the major themes for all five vertebrate groups allows a consistent treatment for all.
*Special chapters elaborate on features specific to individual vertebrate groups and to comparative aspects, similarities and differences between them.

Birds and Climate Change (Paperback): Anders Moller Birds and Climate Change (Paperback)
Anders Moller
R1,597 Discovery Miles 15 970 Within 7 - 15 working days

Temperature and other climate variables are currently changing at a dramatic rate. Birds are excellent model organisms, with a very active metabolism, they are highly sensitive to environmental changes and as highly mobile creatures they are also extremely reactive. This book discusses our current knowledge of observed changes and provides guidelines for studies in the years to come so we can document and understand how patterns of changing weather conditions may affect birds. The various chapters are written by leading experts in these fields and enlighten a broad range of aspects in bird ecology.
* Provides reviews of long-term datasets
* Incorporates meta-analyses of studies about climate change effects on birds
* Includes guidelines and suggestions for further studies

Essays in Animal Behaviour - Celebrating 50 Years of Animal Behaviour (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Essays in Animal Behaviour - Celebrating 50 Years of Animal Behaviour (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
R716 Discovery Miles 7 160 Special order

Recently, the 50th anniversary of the publication of Animal Behaviour has passed. To mark the occasion, a group of prominent behaviourists have written essays relevant to their fields. These essays provide a glimpse of the study of behaviour looking in all directions. History and future aside, it is imperative to broadcast this information from the perspective of the behaviourists who have helped shape both the past and the future. It is important for any field to be both retrospective and prospective: where have we been, where are we going, where are we now? These essays provide a unique personal reflection on the history of animal behaviour from John Alcock, Stuart and Jeanne Altmann, Steve Arnold, Geoff Parker, and Felicity Huntingford. Six topics are reflected on and include: The History of Animal Behavioural Research, Proximate Mechanisms, Development, Adaptation, and Animal Welfare.
* Broad range of essays on animal behaviour
* Written by leaders in the field
* Offers a history of the study of behaviour plus essays on the future of behavioural studies
* Contains over 30 full color illustrations
* Includes essays on development, mechanisms and adaptive significance of behaviour

Speciation and Biogeography of Birds (Hardcover, New): Ian Newton Speciation and Biogeography of Birds (Hardcover, New)
Ian Newton
R2,725 Discovery Miles 27 250 Within 7 - 15 working days

This book should be of value to anyone interested in bird evolution and taxonomy, biogeography, distributional history, dispersal and migration patterns. It provides an up-to-date synthesis of current knowledge on species formation, and the factors influencing current distribution patterns. It draws heavily on new information on Earth history, including past glacial and other climatic changes, on new developments in molecular biology and palaeontology, and on recent studies of bird distribution and migration patterns, to produce a coherent account of the factors that have influenced bird species diversity and distribution patterns worldwide.
Received the Best Bird Book of the Year award for 2004 from British Birds magazine.
* Winner of the British Birds/British Trust for Ornithology, Bird Book of the Year 2004
* The first book to deal comprehensively with bird speciation and biogeography
* Up-to-date synthesis of new information
* Clearly written
* No previous book covers the same ground
* Many maps and diagrams
* Makes difficult and widely scattered information accessible and easily understood
* A sound base for future research
* Takes full account of recent developments in molecular biology

Elsevier's Dictionary of Nature and Hunting - In English, French, Russian, German and Latin (English & Foreign language,... Elsevier's Dictionary of Nature and Hunting - In English, French, Russian, German and Latin (English & Foreign language, Hardcover, 1st ed)
C. Zykov
R3,961 Discovery Miles 39 610 Special order

Elsevier's Dictionary of Nature and Hunting" contains terms covering the following fields and subfields:


A. Plants and Ecosystems: Species, Cenoses
B. Animals: Species
C. Domestic Animals: General, Dogs, Horses, Cattle and Poultry
D. Hunting and Fishing: Game Names, Arms, Trapping, Methods.


It includes 5,594 terms, both scientific and common, in English, French, German and Russian and in Latin (for the generally accepted biological terms for European and North Asian plants and animals).


The dictionary was developed with the help of Russian specialists - scientists from the Severtsov Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, officials from the Union of the Hunters and Fishers of Russia, and French colleagues from various organizations dealing with environment protection and natural resources: OMPO (Oiseaux Migrateurs du Palearctique Occidental), ANCGE (Association National des Chasseurs du Gibier d'Eau), ONC (Office National de la Chasse) and CIC (Conseil International de la Chasse et de la Protection du Gibier).

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Chaos in Ecology, Volume 1 - Experimental Nonlinear Dynamics (Hardcover): J.M. Cushing, Robert F Costantino, Brian Dennis,... Chaos in Ecology, Volume 1 - Experimental Nonlinear Dynamics (Hardcover)
J.M. Cushing, Robert F Costantino, Brian Dennis, Robert A. Desharnais, Shandelle Marie Henson
R2,600 Discovery Miles 26 000 Within 7 - 15 working days

It is impossible to predict the exact behavior of all biological systems and how these same systems are exemplified by patterns of complexity and regularity. Decades of research in ecology have documented how these sorts of patterns are the consequences of deceptively simple rules that determine the nature of the patterns created. Chaos in Ecology will explain how simple beginnings result in complicated results.
Chaos in Ecology is the inaugural volume of Theoretical Ecology Series. The authors of this volume have employed data from a proven model system in population dynamics. As a result, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in the ecology of populations.
It is impossible to predict the exact behavior of almost all biological systems and yet these same systems are exemplified by patterns of complexity and regularity. Decades of research in ecology have documented that these sorts of patterns are the consequence of deceptively simple rules that determine the nature of the patterns created. In essence, simple beginnings result in complicated results.
This realization is captured in the mathematical notion of "chaos" and is rendered intuitive by the oft-repeated metaphor: "A butterfly beats its wings in China and causing a thunderstorm in the Midwest." Thus, seemingly trivial initial conditions (e.g. a butterfly in China) cascade through a series of intermediate events to create a significant large-scale event (e.g. a thunderstorm).
Chaos in Ecology is the inaugural volume of Theoretical Ecology Series. The authors of this volume have employed data from a proven model system in population dynamics. As a result, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in the ecology of populations.

Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds (Paperback): Bridget J.M. Stutchbury, Eugene S Morton Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds (Paperback)
Bridget J.M. Stutchbury, Eugene S Morton
R1,684 Discovery Miles 16 840 Within 7 - 15 working days

This book examines behavioral adaptations of tropical birds in timing of breeding, life history traits, mating systems and parental care, territoriality, communication, and biotic interactions, and emphasizes the many gaps in our knowledge of tropical birds. We urge students and researchers in temperate and tropical regions alike to realize the potential they have for improving our knowledge of avian adaptations far beyond what is currently accepted as gospel. Time is running out.

Monitoring Vertebrate Populations (Hardcover): William L Thompson, Gary C. White, Charles Gowan Monitoring Vertebrate Populations (Hardcover)
William L Thompson, Gary C. White, Charles Gowan
R2,854 Discovery Miles 28 540 Within 7 - 15 working days

This book is written to serve as a general reference for biologists and resource managers with relatively little statistical training. It focuses on both basic concepts and practical applications to provide professionals with the tools needed to assess monitoring methods that can detect trends in populations. It combines classical finite population sampling designs with population enumeration procedures in a unified approach for obtaining abundance estimates for species of interest. The statistical information is presented in practical, easy-to-understand terminology.
Key Features
* Presented in practical, easy-to-understand terminology
* Serves as a general reference for biologists and resource managers
* Provides the tools needed to detect trends in populations
* Introduces a unified approach for obtaining abundance estimates

Marine Mammals and Noise (Paperback, New edition): W. John Richardson, Charles R. Greene Jr., Charles I. Malme, Denis H. Thomson Marine Mammals and Noise (Paperback, New edition)
W. John Richardson, Charles R. Greene Jr., Charles I. Malme, Denis H. Thomson
R2,041 Discovery Miles 20 410 Within 7 - 15 working days

Many marine mammals communicate by emitting sounds that pass through water. Such sounds can be received across great distances and can influence the behavior of these undersea creatures. In the past few decades, the oceans have become increasingly noisy, as underwater sounds from propellers, sonars, and other human activities make it difficult for marine mammals to communicate. This book discusses, among many other topics, just how well marine mammals hear, how noisy the oceans have become, and what effects these new sounds have on marine mammals. The baseline of ambient noise, the sounds produced by machines and mammals, the sensitivity of marine mammal hearing, and the reactions of marine mammals are also examined.
An essential addition to any marine biologist's library, Marine Mammals and Noise will be especially appealing to marine mammalogists, researchers, policy makers and regulators, and marine biologists and oceanographers using sound in their research.

Population Limitation in Birds (Paperback): Ian Newton Population Limitation in Birds (Paperback)
Ian Newton; Illustrated by Keith Brockie
R2,062 Discovery Miles 20 620 Special order

This book meets the demand for a comprehensive introduction to understanding the processes of population limitation. Recognized world-wide as a respected biologist and communicator, Dr. Ian Newton has now written a clear and detailed treatise on local scale population limiting factors in birds. It is based almost entirely on results from field studies, though it is set in a contemporary theoretical framework. The 16 chapters fall under three major section headings: Behavior and Density Regulation; Natural Limiting Factors; and Human Impacts. Population Limitation in Birds serves as a needed resource expanding on Dr. David Lacks research in this area of ornithology in the 1950s. It includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie.
Key Features
* Provides a sorely needed introduction to a long-established core subject in ornithology
* Focuses on local scale factors
* Written by a well-known biologist and effective communicator
* Includes numerous line diagrams and beautiful illustrations by acclaimed wildlife artist Keith Brockie

Plant Resource Allocation (Hardcover): Fakhri A. Bazzaz, John Grace Plant Resource Allocation (Hardcover)
Fakhri A. Bazzaz, John Grace; Volume editing by Fakhri A. Bazzaz, John Grace
R4,470 Discovery Miles 44 700 Within 7 - 15 working days

This book is an exploration of the latest insights into the theory and functioning of plant resource allocation. An international team of physiological ecologists has prepared chapters devoted to the fundamental topics of resource allocation.
Key Features
* Comprehensive coverage of all aspects of resource allocation in plants
* All contributors are leaders in their respective fields

Avian Molecular Evolution and Systematics (Hardcover): David P. Mindell Avian Molecular Evolution and Systematics (Hardcover)
David P. Mindell
R3,220 Discovery Miles 32 200 Special order

The use of DNA and other biological macromolecules has revolutionized systematic studies of evolutionary history. Methods that use sequences of nucleotides and amino acids are now routinely used as data for addressing evolutionary questions that, although not new questions, have defied description and analysis. The world-renowned contributors use these new methods to unravel particular aspects of the evolutionary history of birds. Avian Molecular Evolution and Systematics presents an overview of the theory and application of molecular systematics, focusing on the phylogeny and evolutionary biology of birds. New, developing areas in the phylogeny of birds at multiple taxonomic areas are covered, as well as methods of analysis for molecular data, evolutionary genetics within and between bird populations, and the application of molecular-based phylogenies to broader questions of evolution.
Key Features
* Contains authoritative contributions from leading researchers
* Discusses the utility of different molecular markers for questions of avian evolution, involving populations and higher-level taxa
* Applies molecular-based phylogenies of birds and molecular population genetics data to broad questions of organismal and molecular evolution.
* Compares and contrasts molecular and morphological data sets

Amniote Origins - Completing the Transition to Land (Hardcover): Stuart Sumida, Karen L.M. Martin Amniote Origins - Completing the Transition to Land (Hardcover)
Stuart Sumida, Karen L.M. Martin
R4,190 Discovery Miles 41 900 Within 7 - 15 working days

To escape the constraints of water-bound reproduction, the first terrestrial vertebrates evolved a group of membranes that surround and protect developing embryos. The "amnion" is one of these membranes. It surrounds and protects in amniotic fluid, the developing embryos of birds, reptiles and mammals. Terrestrial vertebrates began to diversify and exploit their new habitats when the need to reproduce in water no longer dictated the course of their lives. Occurring in conjunction with this reproductive freedom was the evolution of non-permeable skin (to avoid cutaneous water loss), different less toxic forms of nitrogen waste and more efficient forms of locomotion and feeding. This text gives a detailed treatment of these and other changes that occurred as vertebrates completed the transition from aquatic to terrestrial life. It integrates modern systematic methods with studies of functional and physiological processes, and illustrates how studies of paleobiology can be illuminated by studies of neontology.

Photoperiodism in Plants (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Brian Thomas, Daphne Vince-Prue Photoperiodism in Plants (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Brian Thomas, Daphne Vince-Prue
R4,289 Discovery Miles 42 890 Within 7 - 15 working days

Photoperiodism is the response to the length of the day that enables living organisms to adapt to seasonal changes in their environment as well as latitudinal variation. As such, it is one of the most significant andcomplex aspects of the interaction between plants and their environment and is a major factor controlling their growth and development. As the new and powerful technologies of molecular genetics are brought to bear on photoperiodism, it becomes particularly important to place new work in the context of the considerable amount of physiological information which already exists on the subject. This innovative book will be of interest to a wide range of plant scientists, from those interested in fundamental plant physiology and molecular biology to agronomists and crop physiologists.
Key Features
* Provides a self-sufficient account of all the important subjects and key literature references for photoperiodism
* Includes research of the last twenty years since the publication of the First Edition
* Includes details of molecular genetic techniques brought to bear on photoperiodism

Pathogen Indexing Technologies, Volume 23 - Pathogen Indexing Technologies Pathogen Indexing Technologies: (Hardcover): J.A.... Pathogen Indexing Technologies, Volume 23 - Pathogen Indexing Technologies Pathogen Indexing Technologies: (Hardcover)
J.A. Callow; Volume editing by S.H. De Boer, John H. Andrews, Inez C. Tommerup
R3,476 Discovery Miles 34 760 Special order

Significant advancements have been made in pathogen detection technologies during the last decade. Indexing of plants and plant parts for the presence of specific pathogens has been most effective in some instances for avoiding and/or controlling disease. The new technologies for detecting low levels of pathogens will increase the value of indexing as a tool for plant disease control. Providing an overview of the status of detection technology, this volume is directed not only to scientists and students interested in detection technology, but also to those interested in formulating and implementing disease control and quarantine regulations. This book provides a conceptual framework which presents the current scientific literature, state-of-the-art assessments, and speculations on future developments and requirements of pathogen indexing methods. Chapters cover the different pathogen groups, review current practices in areas where detection technology has become important, and provide perspectives on how indexing technologies can be applied, how well it has worked, and which problems remain. Statistical treatment of detection limits, sampling strategies, risk assessment, cost, standardization, and quality control are also covered.

Bioavailability of Nutrients for Animals - Amino Acids, Minerals, Vitamins (Hardcover): Clarence B. Ammerman, David P. Baker,... Bioavailability of Nutrients for Animals - Amino Acids, Minerals, Vitamins (Hardcover)
Clarence B. Ammerman, David P. Baker, Austin J. Lewis
R1,538 Discovery Miles 15 380 Within 7 - 15 working days

This practical book provides crucial information necessary to formulate diets with appropriate amounts of amino acids, minerals, and vitamins. The factors that influence how well animals obtain these critical nutrients and methods for determining bioavailability are reviewed in this comprehensive text. In addition, data from both ruminants and nonruminants are included as well as established estimates of bioavailability for particular feed stuffs and feed supplements.

Resource Physiology of Conifers - Acquisition, Allocation, and Utilization (Hardcover): William K. Smith, Thomas M. Hinckley Resource Physiology of Conifers - Acquisition, Allocation, and Utilization (Hardcover)
William K. Smith, Thomas M. Hinckley; Series edited by Jacques Roy
R1,533 Discovery Miles 15 330 Within 7 - 15 working days

Coniferous forests are among the most important of ecosystems. These forests are widespread and influence both the financial and biological health of our globe. This text focuses attention on conifers and how these trees acquire, allocate and utilize the resources that sustain this crucial productivity. An international team of experts has surveyed and synthesized the information from an expanding area of inquiry. The first half of the book describes how resources are acquired both by means of photosynthesis and through root systems. The latter half of the volume focuses upon how resources are stored and used. As conifers continue as a resource and ever increasingly important contributor to the regional and global environment sustainability, this book should help establish how much sustainability can be expected and maintained.

Ecophysiology of Coniferous Forests (Hardcover): William K. Smith Ecophysiology of Coniferous Forests (Hardcover)
William K. Smith; Series edited by Jacques Roy; Volume editing by Thomas M. Hinckley
R1,156 Discovery Miles 11 560 Special order

Conifers--pine, fir, and spruce trees--are dominant species in forests around the world. This book focuses on the physiology of conifers and how these physiological systems operate. Special consideration is devoted to the means by which ecophysiological processes influence organismal function and distribution. Chapters focus on the genetics of conifers, their geographic distribution and the factors that influence this distribution, the impact of insect herbivory on ecophysiological parameters, the effects of air pollution, and the potential impact that global climatic changes will have upon conifers. Because of the growing realization that forests have a crucial role to play in global environmental health, this book will appeal to a developing union of ecologists, physiologists and more theoretically minded foresters.

Water Relations of Terrestrial Arthropods (Hardcover): Neil F. Hadley Water Relations of Terrestrial Arthropods (Hardcover)
Neil F. Hadley
R1,535 Discovery Miles 15 350 Within 7 - 15 working days

This book surveys the ways in which land dwelling arthropods deal with water in terrestrial environments. From scorpion to beetle and spider to hover fly, water is a crucial component of activity. This new synthesis and integration of recent research summarizes the ways water is managed by these diverse terrestrial invertebrates. The mechanisms, processes and structures employed by arthropods represent evolutionary innovations and compromises. Those fascinated by the limitations and opportunities represented by terrestrial lifestyles will want this new book.

Interpreting the Hierarchy of Nature - From Systematic Patterns to Evolutionary Process Theories (Hardcover): Lance Grande,... Interpreting the Hierarchy of Nature - From Systematic Patterns to Evolutionary Process Theories (Hardcover)
Lance Grande, Olivier Rieppel
R1,533 Discovery Miles 15 330 Within 7 - 15 working days

This book explores ways in which systematic patterns are used to infer evolutionary processes. Among evolutionary biologists and systematists there is a constant interchange between those that study the process of evolution (e.g., mutation, selection, speciation) and those that study its patterns (e.g., variation, geographic distribution, ontogeny, phylogeny). Because patterns influence the development of theories, and processes yield patterns, it is not always easy to distinguish one from another. This book is dialectic and helps crystallize a continuing debate over the relationship of patterns to process theories.
Key Features
* Contributions by leading systematists, evolutionary biologists, and philosophers
* Illustrates the debate over how and if evolutionary processes can be inferred from systematic patterns
* Illustrates a continuing interplay between systematics and evolutionary theory

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