Evolutionary Genetics and Environmental Stress

Evolutionary Genetics and Environmental Stress

by Ary A. Hoffmann, Peter A. Parsons
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198540817

ISBN-13: 9780198540816

Pub. Date: 10/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Although unpredictable and of short duration, periods of extreme environmental stress have been found to occur throughout the entire course of evolution. This book concentrates on the evolutionary changes that take place during these critical periods, when populations are driven to the extreme limits of resistance. Accumulating evidence suggests that it is…  See more details below

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Although unpredictable and of short duration, periods of extreme environmental stress have been found to occur throughout the entire course of evolution. This book concentrates on the evolutionary changes that take place during these critical periods, when populations are driven to the extreme limits of resistance. Accumulating evidence suggests that it is precisely during such moments that fundamental changes in the natural order of systems are likely, both in terms of species extinctions and bursts of evolutionary activity. This study thus offers much potential for understanding the basic forces underlying the development of life on our planet. The book is necessarily multidisciplinary in approach, with an emphasis on the interaction between ecology, genetics, physiology, and the study of behavior and development. The book concludes with a discussion of the range expansion of species, and insightful observations regarding conservation strategies under rapidly changing conditions, including those created by environmental pollution.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198540816
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

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