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Biology - Concordia University Libraries Recent Acquisitions

Titles in the call number range QH - QR (Biology) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.

  • Evolutionary community ecology / Mark A. McPeek
    QH 380 M37 2017

    Evolutionary Community Ecology develops a unified framework for understanding the structure of ecological communities and the dynamics of natural selection that shape the evolution of the species inhabiting them. All species engage in interactions with many other species, and these interactions regulate their abundance, define their trajectories of natural selection, and shape their movement decisions. Mark McPeek synthesizes the ecological and evolutionary dynamics generated by species interactions that structure local biological communities and regional metacommunities.

    McPeek explores the ecological performance characteristics needed for invasibility and coexistence of species in complex networks of species interactions. This species interaction framework is then extended to examine the ecological dynamics of natural selection that drive coevolution of interacting species in these complex interaction networks. The models of natural selection resulting from species interactions are used to evaluate the ecological conditions that foster diversification at multiple trophic levels. Analyses show that diversification depends on the ecological context in which species interactions occur and the types of traits that define the mechanisms of those species interactions. Lastly, looking at the mechanisms of speciation that affect species richness and diversity at various spatial scales and the consequences of past climate change over the Quaternary period, McPeek considers how metacommunity structure is shaped at regional and biogeographic scales.

    Integrating evolutionary theory into the study of community ecology, Evolutionary Community Ecology provides a new framework for predicting how communities are organized and how they may change over time.

  • War and nature : fighting humans and insects with chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring / Edmund Russell
    QH 545 C48 R87 2001
    War and Nature combines discussion of technology, nature, and warfare to explain the impact of war on nature and vice versa. While cultural and scholarly traditions have led us to think of war and control of nature as separate, this 2001 book uses the history of chemical warfare and pest control as a case study to show that war and control of nature coevolved. Ideologically, institutionally, and technologically, the paths of chemical warfare and pest control intersected repeatedly in the twentieth century. These intersections help us understand the development of total war and the rise of the modern environmental movement.

  • A brain for speech : a view from evolutionary neuroanatomy / Francisco Aboitiz
    QP 399 A26 2017eb

  • Robotics in STEM education : redesigning the learning experience / Myint Swe Khine, editior

  • Contemporary controversies in Catholic bioethics / Jason T. Eberl, editor
    QH 332 C668 2017eb

  • Marine animal forests : the ecology of benthic biodiversity hotspots / Sergio Rossi, Lorenzo Bramanti, Andrea Gori, Covadonga Orejas, editors

  • Anatomy for the generic surgical sciences examination (GSSE) / S. Ali Mirjalili, editor

  • Testicular autoimmunity : a cause of male infertility / Masahiro Itoh
    It has long been suspected that testicular autoimmunity could be one of the causes of idiopathic male infertility. However, it is very difficult to estimate the incidence of testicular autoimmunity in men, as most male patients first realize they are infertile when they start trying to conceive a child, and there is a possibility that their testes may already exhibit the end stage of testicular autoimmunity, in which lymphocytic inflammation and immunoglobulin deposition in their testes subsided long ago and only the spermatogenic disorder remains. Therefore, autopsy or biopsy for testicular tissues in men before the end stage of testicular autoimmunity and investigations using testicular autoimmunity model animals are needed to determine the epidemiology of testicular autoimmunity. In this book, the author discusses "the immunological fragility of testis," reviewing the autopsy data in men and presenting experimental data using murine models of autoimmune orchitis that has been induced by immunizing with viable syngeneic testicular germ cells alone. Testicular autoimmunity in animals is also discussed. In summary, the book provides useful information not only to researchers who are interested in immunologic male infertility, but to clinical professionals who treat these patients at hospitals.

  • Basics of human andrology : a textbook / Anand Kumar, Mona Sharma, editors

  • Development of the cerebellum from molecular aspects to diseases / Hassan Marzban, editor

  • Coastal wetlands Charles W. Finkl, Christopher Makowski, editors

  • Decoding neural circuit structure and function cellular dissection using genetic model organisms / Arzu Çelik, Mathias F. Wernet, editors

  • Aizoaceae / Heidrun E.K. Hartmann, editor

  • Human virology in Latin America from biology to control / Juan Ernesto Ludert, Flor H. Pujol, Juan Arbiza, editors

  • Neotropical owls : diversity and conservation / Paula L. Enriquez, editors

  • Proteases in human diseases Sajal Chakraborti, Tapati Chakraborti, Naranjan S. Dhalla, editors

    This book bridges the gap between fundamental research and biomedical and pharmacological applications on proteases. It represents a comprehensive overview of the multifaceted field of proteases in cellular environment and highlights the recently elucidated functions of complex proteolytic systems in different diseases. Several established investigators have elucidated the crucial role of proteases in biological processes, including how proteolytic function and regulation can be combined to develop new strategies of therapeutic interventions.

    Proteases form one of the largest and most diverse families of enzymes known. It is now clear that proteases are involved in every aspect of life functions of an organism. Under physiological conditions, proteases are regulated by their endogenous inhibitors; however, when the activity of proteases is not regulated appropriately, disease processes can result in. So, there is absolute need for a stringent control of proteolytic activities in cells and tissues.

    Dysregulation of proteases may cause derangement of cellular signalling network resulting in different pathophysiological conditions such as vascular remodelling, atherosclerotic plaque progression, ulcer and rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer disease, cancer metastasis, tumor progression and inflammation. Additionally, many infective microorganisms require proteases for replication or use proteases as virulence factors, which have facilitated the development of protease-targeted therapies for a variety of parasitic diseases.

  • A quest toward a mathematical theory of living systems Nicola Bellomo...[et al.]

  • Mutualisms and insect conservation Tim R. New
    QH 548.3 N49 2017eb

  • Therapeutic angiogenesis Yukihito Higashi, Toyoaki Murohara, editors

  • Oxygen transport to tissue. Howard J. Halpern, Joseph C. LaManna, David K. Harrison, Boris Epel

  • Human chromosome atlas : introduction to diagnostics of structural aberrations / Claudia Behrend, Javad Karimzad Hagh, Parvin Mehdipour, Gesa Schwanitz

  • Reviews of physiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. edited by Bernd Nilius, Pieter de Tombe, Thomas Gudermann, Reinhard Jahn, Roland Lill, Ole H. Petersen

  • Social behavior from rodents to humans : neural foundations and clinical implications / Markus Wöhr, Sören Krach, editors
    This compelling volume provides a broad and accessible overview on the rapidly developing field of social neuroscience. A major goal of the volume is to integrate research findings on the neural basis of social behavior across different levels of analysis from rodent studies on molecular neurobiology to behavioral neuroscience to fMRI imaging data on human social behavior.      

  • Brock biology of microorganisms / Michael T. Madigan, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Kelly S. Bender, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Daniel H. Buckley, Cornell University, W. Matthew Sattley, Indiana Wesleyan University, David A. Stahl, University of Washington Seattle
    QR 41.2 B77 2018
    For courses in General Microbiology.

    A streamlined approach to master microbiology

    Brock Biology of Microorganisms is the leading majors microbiology text on the market. It sets the standard for impeccable scholarship, accuracy, and strong coverage of ecology, evolution, and metabolism. The 15th edition seamlessly integrates the most current science, paying particular attention to molecular biology and the genomic revolution. It introduces a flexible, more streamlined organization with a consistent level of detail and comprehensive art program. Brock Biology of Microorganisms helps students quickly master concepts, both in and outside the classroom, through personalized learning, engaging activities to improve problem solving skills, and superior art and animations with Mastering(tm) Microbiology.

    Also available with Mastering Microbiology.

    Mastering(tm) Microbiology is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature personalized wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience and help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

    Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Microbiology, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

    Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; Mastering(tm) Microbiology does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Microbiology, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

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    0134268660 / 9780134268668 Brock Biology of Microorganisms Plus Mastering Microbiology with eText -- Access Card Package, 15/e

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    0134261925 / 9780134261928 Brock Biology of Microorganisms 0134603974 / 9780134603971 Mastering Microbiology with Pearson eText -- Standalone Access Card -- for Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 15/e

    MasteringMicrobiology should only be purchased when required by an instructor.

  • Pathological lives : disease, space and biopolitics / Steve Hinchliffe, Nick Bingham, John Allen, and Simon Carter
    QR 100 H56 2017
    Pandemics, epidemics and food borne diseases are a major global challenge. Focusing on the food and farming sector, and mobilising social theory as well as empirical enquiry, Pathological Lives  investigates current approaches to biosecurity and ask how pathological lives can be successfully regulated without making life more dangerous as a result.  

    Uses empirical and social theoretical resources developed in the course of a 40-month research project entitled Biosecurity borderlands Focuses on the food and farming sector, where the generation and subsequent transmission of disease has the ability to reach pandemic proportions Demonstrates the importance of a geographical and spatial analysis, drawing together social, material and biological approaches, as well as national and international examples The book makes three main conceptual contributions, reconceptualising disease as situated matters, the spatial or topological analysis of situations and a reformulation of biopolitics Uniquely brings together conceptual development with empirically and politically informed work on infectious and zoonotic disease, to produce a timely and important contribution to both social science and to policy debate

  • Snooze : the lost art of sleep / Michael McGirr
    QP 425 M3946 2017
    Michael McGirr always had trouble sleeping. The arrival of baby twins, however, made him realize that he'd never before known true exhaustion. And while he celebrated these small children who brought him so much joy and tiredness, he found himself on a desperate and bone-weary journey in search of just a few extra winks a night. It was an adventure that would teach him more about what exactly sleep is, why we need it, and what it means when we don't get enough of it.In Snooze, McGirr delves into the mysterious world of sleep, including its many benefits, its stubborn elusiveness, and exactly what our brains really get up to while we're in bed. He offers readers a tour through the odd sleep patterns of some of history's greatest minds, including Aristotle, Homer, Shakespeare, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Edison, and more. He looks, too, at the demise of sleep in our increasingly fragmented modern world--and examines what that means for everyone from the Average Joe in the workplace to those with serious sleep disorders.The result is both entertaining and enlightening--the perfect book for those sleepless nights.

  • Life through time and space / Wallace Arthur ; [illustrations by Stephen Arthur]
    QH 325 A724 2017

    All humans share three origins: the beginning of our individual lives, the appearance of life on Earth, and the formation of our planetary home. Life through Time and Space brings together the latest discoveries in both biology and astronomy to examine our deepest questions about where we came from, where we are going, and whether we are alone in the cosmos.

    A distinctive voice in the growing field of astrobiology, Wallace Arthur combines embryological, evolutionary, and cosmological perspectives to tell the story of life on Earth and its potential to exist elsewhere in the universe. He guides us on a journey through the myriad events that started with the big bang and led to the universe we inhabit today. Along the way, readers learn about the evolution of life from a primordial soup of organic molecules to complex plants and animals, about Earth's geological transformation from barren rock to diverse ecosystems, and about human development from embryo to infant to adult. Arthur looks closely at the history of mass extinctions and the prospects for humanity's future on our precious planet.

    Do intelligent aliens exist on a distant planet in the Milky Way, sharing the three origins that characterize all life on Earth? In addressing this question, Life through Time and Space tackles the many riddles of our place and fate in the universe that have intrigued human beings since they first gazed in wonder at the nighttime sky.

  • The language of plants : science, philosophy, literature / Monica Gagliano, John C. Ryan, and Patrícia Vieira, editors
    QK 725 L275 2017

    The eighteenth-century naturalist Erasmus Darwin (grandfather of Charles) argued that plants are animate, living beings and attributed them sensation, movement, and a certain degree of mental activity, emphasizing the continuity between humankind and plant existence. Two centuries later, the understanding of plants as active and communicative organisms has reemerged in such diverse fields as plant neurobiology, philosophical posthumanism, and ecocriticism. The Language of Plants brings together groundbreaking essays from across the disciplines to foster a dialogue between the biological sciences and the humanities and to reconsider our relation to the vegetal world in new ethical and political terms.

    Viewing plants as sophisticated information-processing organisms with complex communication strategies (they can sense and respond to environmental cues and play an active role in their own survival and reproduction through chemical languages) radically transforms our notion of plants as unresponsive beings, ready to be instrumentally appropriated. By providing multifaceted understandings of plants, informed by the latest developments in evolutionary ecology, the philosophy of biology, and ecocritical theory, The Language of Plants promotes the freedom of imagination necessary for a new ecological awareness and more sustainable interactions with diverse life forms.

    Contributors: Joni Adamson, Arizona State U; Nancy E. Baker, Sarah Lawrence College; Karen L. F. Houle, U of Guelph; Luce Irigaray, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris; Erin James, U of Idaho; Richard Karban, U of California at Davis; Andr#65533; Kessler, Cornell U; Isabel Kranz, U of Vienna; Michael Marder, U of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU); Timothy Morton, Rice U; Christian Nansen, U of California at Davis; Robert A. Raguso, Cornell U; Catriona Sandilands, York U.

  • Viruses : agents of evolutionary invention / Michael G. Cordingley
    QR 370 C67 2017

    Viruses are the most abundant biological entities on Earth, and arguably the most successful. They are not technically alive, but--as infectious vehicles of genetic information--they have a remarkable capacity to invade, replicate, and evolve within living cells. Synthesizing a large body of recent research, Michael Cordingley goes beyond our familiarity with viral infections to show how viruses spur evolutionary change in their hosts, shape global ecosystems, and influence every domain of life.

    In the last few decades, research has revealed that viruses are fundamental to the photosynthetic capacity of the world's oceans and the composition of the human microbiome. Perhaps most fascinating, viruses are now recognized as remarkable engines of the genetic innovation that fuels natural selection and catalyzes evolution in all domains of life. Viruses have coevolved with their hosts since the beginning of life on our planet and are part of the evolutionary legacy of every species that has ever lived.

    Cordingley explains how viruses are responsible for the creation of many feared bacterial diseases and the emergence of newly pathogenic and drug-resistant strains. And as more and more viruses jump to humans from other animals, new epidemics of viral disease will threaten global society. But Cordingley shows that we can adapt, relying on our evolved cognitive and cultural capacities to limit the consequences of viral infections. Piecing together the story of viruses' major role within and beyond human disease, Viruses creates a valuable roadmap through the rapidly expanding terrain of virology.

  • Plant stress physiology / edited by Sergey Shabala, School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania, Australia
    QK 754 P585 2017

    Completely updated from the successful first edition, this book provides a timely update on the recent progress in our knowledge of all aspects of plant perception, signalling and adaptation to a variety of environmental stresses. It covers in detail areas such as drought, salinity, waterlogging, oxidative stress, pathogens, and extremes of temperature and pH.

    This second edition:
    Presents detailed and up-to-date research on plant responses to a wide range of stresses Includes new full-colour figures to help illustrate the principles outlined in the text Is written in a clear and accessible format, with descriptive abstracts for each chapter
    Written by an international team of experts, this book provides researchers with a better understanding of the major physiological and molecular mechanisms facilitating plant tolerance to adverse environmental factors. This new edition of Plant Stress Physiology is an essential resource for researchers and students of ecology, plant biology, agriculture, agronomy and plant breeding.

  • Microbiology : an evolving science / Joan L. Slonczewski, Kenyon College, John W. Foster, University of South Alabama
    QR 41.2 S585 2017
    Microbiology: An Evolving Science provides clear, accessible explanations, smart pedagogy, and stunning art with a contemporary framework that emphasizes the field's cutting-edge research. With the Fourth Edition, the book's value as a superior learning tool is enhanced by two new themes--the gut microbiome and Antarctic microbiology--tightened chapters, and a new online homework course.

  • Methods in molecular biophysics : structure, dynamics, function / Nathan R. Zaccai, University of Cambridge, Igor N. Serdyuk, formerly of the Institute of Protein Research, Pushchino, Moscow Region, Joseph Zaccai, Institut Laue-Langevin
    QH 505 S449 2017
    Current techniques for studying biological macromolecules and their interactions are based on the application of physical methods, ranging from classical thermodynamics to more recently developed techniques for the detection and manipulation of single molecules. Reflecting the advances made in biophysics research over the past decade, and now including a new section on medical imaging, this new edition describes the physical methods used in modern biology. All key techniques are covered, including mass spectrometry, hydrodynamics, microscopy and imaging, diffraction and spectroscopy, electron microscopy, molecular dynamics simulations and nuclear magnetic resonance. Each method is explained in detail using examples of real-world applications. Short asides are provided throughout to ensure that explanations are accessible to life scientists, physicists and those with medical backgrounds. The book remains an unparalleled and comprehensive resource for graduate students of biophysics and medical physics in science and medical schools, as well as for research scientists looking for an introduction to techniques from across this interdisciplinary field.

  • Kin : how we came to know our microbe relatives / John L. Ingraham
    QR 13 I547 2017

    Since Darwin, people have speculated about the evolutionary relationships among dissimilar species, including our connections to the diverse life forms known as microbes. In the 1970s biologists discovered a way to establish these kinships. This new era of exploration began with Linus Pauling's finding that every protein in every cell contains a huge reservoir of evolutionary history. His discovery opened a research path that has changed the way biologists and others think about the living world. In Kin John L. Ingraham tells the story of these remarkable breakthroughs. His original, accessible history explains how we came to understand our microbe inheritance and the relatedness of all organisms on Earth.

    Among the most revolutionary scientific achievements was Carl Woese's discovery that a large group of organisms previously lumped together with bacteria were in fact a totally distinct form of life, now called the archaea. But the crowning accomplishment has been to construct the Tree of Life--an evolutionary project Darwin dreamed about over a century ago. Today, we know that the Tree's three main stems are dominated by microbes. The nonmicrobes--plants and animals, including humans--constitute only a small upper branch in one stem.

    Knowing the Tree's structure has given biologists the ability to characterize the complex array of microbial populations that live in us and on us, and investigate how they contribute to health and disease. This knowledge also moves us closer to answering the tantalizing question of how the Tree of Life began, over 3.5 billion years ago.

  • Invasion dynamics / Cang Hui, Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Stellenbosch University, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, and David M. Richardson, Centre for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zollogy, Stellenbosch University
    QH 353 H85 2017
    Humans have moved organisms around the world for centuries but it is only relatively recently that invasion ecology has grown into a mainstream research field. This book examines both the spread and impact dynamics of invasive species, placing the science of invasion biology on a new, morerigorous, theoretical footing, and proposing a concept of adaptive networks as the foundation for future research. Biological invasions are considered not as simple actions of invaders and reactions of invaded ecosystems, but as co-evolving complex adaptive systems with emergent features of networkcomplexity and invasibility.Invasion Dynamics focuses on the ecology of invasive species and their impacts in recipient social-ecological systems. It discusses not only key advances and challenges within the traditional domain of invasion ecology, but introduces approaches, concepts, and insights from many other disciplinessuch as complexity science, systems science, and ecology more broadly. It will be of great value to invasion biologists analyzing spread and/or impact dynamics as well as other ecologists interested in spread processes or habitat management.

  • Insects : evolutionary success, unrivaled diversity, and world domination / David B. Rivers
    QL 463 R58 2017

    Designed as an introduction to the intriguing world of insect biology, this book examines familiar entomological topics in nontraditional ways. Author David B. Rivers gives important concepts relatable context through a pop culture lens, and he covers subjects that are not typical for entomology textbooks, including the impact of insects on the human condition, the sex lives of insects, why insects are phat but not fat, forensic entomology, and the threats that some insects pose to humanity.

    Each chapter presents clear and concise key concepts, chapter reviews, review questions following Bloom's taxonomy of learning, web links to videos and other resources, and breakout boxes (called Fly Spots) that capture student interest with unique and entertaining facts related to entomology. Focusing on both traditional and cutting-edge aspects of insect biology and packed with extensive learning resources, Insects covers a wide range of topics suitable for life science majors, as well as non-science students, including:

    * the positive and negative influences of insects on everyday human life* insect abundance* insect classification (here presented in the context of social media)* insect feeding, communication, defense, and sex* how insects are responding to climate change* forensic entomology* how insects can be used as weapons of war* how insects relate to national security* why insects have wings* how to read pesticide labels

  • Identifying trees of the East : an all-season guide to Eastern North America / Michael D. Williams
    QK 477.2 I4 W55 2017
    All-season field guide for identifying common trees of eastern NA This popular, field-tested guide for identifying trees in any season, not just when they are in full leaf, features 600 color photos and 200 line drawings showing bark, branching patterns, fruits, flowers, nuts, and overall appearance in addition to leaf color and shape. Accompanying text describes common locations and identifying characteristics. Covers every common tree in eastern North America, updated with the latest taxonomy and 130 range maps. Created for in-the-field or at-home use, this helpful guide includes an easy-to-use key to facilitate putting a name to a tree.

  • Fungi : a very short introduction / Nicholas P. Money
    QK 603 M58 2016
    The variety of the mycological world is far greater than most people imagine. Tens of thousands of fungal species have been described and many more are known only from the abundance of their genes in soil and water. Fungi are hugely important as agents of wood decay in forests, and, asparasites, they have caused the deaths of millions of people by ravaging crops and reshaping natural ecosystems. Fungi perform a variety of essential functions in ecosystems, and are important to both agriculture and biotechnology. Their importance is now becoming better appreciated among scientists, though there is much still to be understood concerning their taxonomy and evolution. ThisVery ShortIntroduction highlights the variety and extraordinary natures of fungi, revealing the remarkable facts of fungal biology and the global significance of these enchanting organisms. ABOUT THE SERIES: TheVery Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

  • Fortress plant : how to survive when everything wants to eat you / Dale Walters
    QK 921 W35 2017
    The survival of plants on our planet is nothing short of miraculous. They are virtually stationary packages of food, providing sustenance for a vast array of organisms, ranging from bacteria and fungi, through to insects, and even other plants. But plants are master survivors, having coped with changing environments and evolving predators over much of the history of life on earth. They have surveillance systems and defences that would put most modern armies to shame. They need to have a formidable armoury, because their enemies havesophisticated weaponry of their own. In this often hostile world, battles are fought daily, often to the death. These battles are not trivial - they matter, because life on this fragile planet of ours depends on plants. In this book Dale Walters takes readers on a journey through these battlefields, exploring how predators try to fool plants' surveillance systems and, if they manage to do so, how they gain access to the nourishment they require. Incredibly, successful attackers can manipulate plant function inorder to suppress any attempt by the plant to mount defensive action, while at the same time ensuring a steady supply of food for their own survival. Walters shows how plants respond to such attacks, the defences they use, and how the attacked plant can communicate its plight to its neighbours.These skirmishes represent the latest stage in an unending evolutionary war between plants and organisms that feed on them. These battles might be on a micro scale, but they are every bit as fierce, complicated, and fascinating as the battles between animal predators and prey.

  • The evolution of senescence in the tree of life / edited by Richard P. Shefferson, Organization for Programs on Environmental Sciences, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, Owen R. Jones, Max Planck Center on the Biodemography of Aging and Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Roberto Salguero-Gómez, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, School of Biological Sciences, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia, Evolutionary Demography Laboratory, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany and Department of Zoology, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
    QP 85 E96 2017
    The existing theories on the evolution of senescence assume that senescence is inevitable in all organisms. However, recent studies have shown that this is not necessarily true. A better understanding of senescence and its underlying mechanisms could have far-reaching consequences for conservation and eco-evolutionary research. This book is the first to offer interdisciplinary perspectives on the evolution of senescence in many species, setting the stage for further developments. It brings together new insights from a wide range of scientific fields and cutting-edge research done on a multitude of different animals (including humans), plants and microbes, giving the reader a complete overview of recent developments and of the controversies currently surrounding the topic. Written by specialists from a variety of disciplines, this book is a valuable source of information for students and researchers interested in ageing and life history traits and populations.

  • Cooperative breeding in vertebrates : studies of ecology, evolution, and behavior / edited by Walter D. Koenig, Janis L. Dickinson, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University ; with illustrations by Stef den Ridder
    QL 762 C66 2016
    Cooperative breeders are species in which individuals beyond a pair assist in the production of young in a single brood or litter. Although relatively rare, cooperative breeding is widespread taxonomically and continues to pose challenges to our understanding of the evolution of cooperation and altruistic behavior. Bringing together long-term studies of cooperatively breeding birds, mammals, and fishes, this volume provides a synthesis of current studies in the field. The chapters are organised by individual studies of particular species or (in the case of mole-rats) two closely related cooperatively breeding species. Each focuses not only on describing behavior and ecology but also on testing evolutionary hypotheses for the form and function of the diverse and extraordinary cooperative breeding lifestyles that have been discovered. This unique and comprehensive text will be of interest to graduate students and researchers of behavioral ecology and the evolution of cooperation.

  • Exercise physiology for health, fitness, and performance / Sharon A. Plowman, Northern Illinois University, Denise L. Smith, Skidmore College
    QP 301 P56 2017
    The new edition of Plowman and Smith,,s renowned text continues to the authoratative textbook for teaching Exercise Physiology. This engaging and beautifully designed text integrates theoretical and research based basic exercise physiology with real-world application to prepare students for exciting positions in exercise science, fitness, physical education, athletic training, rehabilitation, coaching and/or allied health professions. Accessible and engaging, the 5th Edition offers coverage of foundational science and critical exercise physiology topics. Organized by independent units (Metabolic, Cardiovascular-respiratory, Neuromuscular-skeletal, and Neuroendocrine-immune) this text offers maximum teaching flexibility for faculty and consistent presentation of of material for the student. To make the content more accessible, each unit follows a consistent sequence of presentation: basic anatomy and physiology, the measurement and meaning of variables used in exercise physiology, exercise responses, training principles, and special applications, problems, and considerations. Every chapter includes thoughtful pedagogical aids to assist in applying learning, including: Check Your Comprehension boxes and case studies to maximize the text,,s applicability. Features: - A consistent pedagogical approach in each unit ensures that basic concepts are presented first so that application that follows can more easily be understood. - Integrated coverage of both sexes and all ages, including the exercise responses of females vs males, children and adolescents vs adults, and older vs younger adults to reflect real-world situations and allow for appropriate application of exercise principles. - Engaging writing and rich illustrations that explain foundational science and relevant research to help students apply learning to real life examples. - Expanded Check Your Comprehension features now include case studies (at least one in every chapter) that engage the student as an active learner to link content to practice. - Focus on Research boxes expose students to classic studies, particularly relevant research, and new discoveries in the field. - Focus on Application boxes help students relate basic concepts to clinical situations. - Exercise icons and color coding within figures represent specific exercise response patterns and allow for quick recognition of conditions. - A vibrant art program provides a visually engaging experience for students. - Definition boxes appear on the same page as key terms to help students master the vocabulary of the field. - In-book learning aids, including chapter objectives, chapter summaries, and chapter review questions, enhance learning and recall - Online animations and videos called out in the text direct students to engaging, interactive online learning resources.

  • Essentials of human nutrition / edited by Jim Mann, A. Stewart Truswell
    QP 141 E82 2017
    Food is one of the basic necessities of life, yet nutrition has only relatively recently been recognised as one of the most important determinants of individual and public health. A full understanding of this multi-faceted subject area requires an integrated approach, from molecular to societal level. Essentials of Human Nutrition provides a complete and student-friendly introduction to the field making it an ideal companion forstudents throughout their study of nutrition. Careful editing of contributions from an international team of experts draws together a broad spectrum of disciplines and promotes the practical application ofnutritional science at the human level, covering everything a student needs to know in order to understand the importance of nutrition to health and disease.

  • Circadian rhythms : a very short introduction / Russell G. Foster and Leon Kreitzman
    QP 84.6 F667 2017
    The earth's daily rotation affects just about every living creature. From dawn through to dusk, there are changes in light, temperature, humidity, and rainfall. However, these changes are regular, rhythmic and, therefore, predictable. Thus, the near 24 hour circadian rhythm is innate: agenetically programmed clock that essentially ticks of its own accord. This Very Short Introduction explains how organisms can "know" the time and reveals what we now understand of the nature and operation of chronobiological processes. Covering variables such as light, the metabolism, human health, and the seasons, Foster and Kreitzman illustrate how jet lag and shiftwork can impact on human well-being, and consider circadian rhythms alongside a wide range of disorders, from schizophrenia to obesity.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

  • Vascular plants of Alberta. John G. Packer and A. Joyce Gould
    QK 203 A4P32 2017eb

  • Bioinformatics research and applications : 13th International Symposium, ISBRA 2017, Honolulu, HI, USA, May 29-June 2, 2017, Proceedings / Zhipeng Cai, Ovidiu Daescu, Min Li (eds.)

  • The mathematics and mechanics of biological growth Alain Goriely

    This monograph presents a general mechanical theory for biological growth. It provides both a conceptual and a technical foundation for the understanding and analysis of problems arising in biology and physiology. The theory and methods is illustrated on a wide range of examples and applications.

    A process of extreme complexity, growth plays a fundamental role in many biological processes and is considered to be the hallmark of life itself. Its description has been one of the fundamental problems of life sciences, but until recently, it has not attracted much attention from mathematicians, physicists, and engineers. The author herein presents the first major technical monograph on the problem of growth since D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's 1917 book On Growth and Form .

    The emphasis of the book is on the proper mathematical formulation of growth kinematics and mechanics. Accordingly, the discussion proceeds in order of complexity and the book is divided into five parts. First, a general introduction on the problem of growth from a historical perspective is given. Then, basic concepts are introduced within the context of growth in filamentary structures. These ideas are then generalized to surfaces and membranes and eventually to the general case of volumetric growth. The book concludes with a discussion of open problems and outstanding challenges.

    Thoughtfully written and richly illustrated to be accessible to readers of varying interests and background, the text will appeal to life scientists, biophysicists, biomedical engineers, and applied mathematicians alike.

  • Decoding the antibody repertoire high throughput sequencing of multiple transcripts from single b cells / Brandon DeKosky

  • The nature of life and its potential to survive / David S. Stevenson

  • Lychee disease management Manoj Kumar... [et al.], editors

  • Endocannabinoids and lipid mediators in brain functions Miriam Melis, editor

  • Behavioral neuroscience of Orexin/Hypocretin / Andrew J. Lawrence, Luis de Lecea, editors

  • Algorithms for computational biology 4th International Conference, AlCoB 2017, Aveiro, Portugal, June 5-6, 2017, Proceedings / edited by Daniel Figueiredo, Carlos Martín-Vide, Diogo Pratas, Miguel A. Vega-Rodríguez (eds.)

  • Evolution in the dark Darwin's loss without selection / Horst Wilkens, Ulrike Strecker

  • Histamine and histamine receptors in health and disease / Yuichi Hattori, Roland Seifert, editors

  • Arsenic contamination in the environment the issues and solutions / Dharmendra Kumar Gupta, Soumya Chatterjee, editors

  • The structural basic of arrestin functions Vsevolod V. Gurevich, editor

  • The white confocal microscopic optical sectioning in all colors / Rolf Theodor Borlinghaus

  • The molecular biology of photorhabdus bacteria Richard H. Ffrenche-Constant, editor

  • Advances in QSAR modeling : applications in pharmaceutical, chemical, food, agricultural and environmental sciences / Kunal Roy, editor

  • Plant diversity in the Central Great Caucasus : a quantitative assessment / George Nakhutsrishvili...[et al.], editors

  • Cell biology of herpes viruses / Klaus Osterrieder, editor

  • Neuroepigenomics in aging and disease / Raul Delgado-Morales, editor

  • Selenium in Plants Molecular, Physiological, Ecological and Evolutionary Aspects

  • Mycorrhiza - Function, Diversity, State of the Art

  • Yeast diversity in human welfare Tulasi Satyanarayana, Gotthard Kunze, editors

  • The Evolution of the Flight

  • Molecular basis for mitochondrial signaling Tatiana K. Rostovtseva, editor

  • Bioprobes : biochemical tools for investigating cell function / Hiroyuki Osada, editor

  • Beta-lactams novel synthetic pathways and applications / Bimal K. Banik, editor

  • Photosynthesis : structures, mechanisms, and applications / Harvey J.M. Hou, Mohammad Mahdi Najafpour, Gary F. Moore, Suleyman I. Allakhverdiev, editors
    To address the environmental, socioeconomic, and geopolitical issues associated with increasing global human energy consumption, technologies for utilizing renewable carbon-free or carbon-neutral energy sources must be identified and developed. Among renewable sources, solar energy is quite promising as it alone is sufficient to meet global human demands well into the foreseeable future. However, it is diffuse and diurnal. Thus effective strategies must be developed for its capture, conversion and storage. In this context, photosynthesis provides a paradigm for large-scale deployment. Photosynthesis occurs in plants, algae, and cyanobacteria and has evolved over 3 billion years. The process of photosynthesis currently produces more than 100 billion tons of dry biomass annually, which equates to a global energy storage rate of ~100 TW. Recently, detailed structural information on the natural photosynthetic systems has been acquired at the molecular level, providing a foundation for comprehensive functional studies of the photosynthetic process. Likewise, sophisticated spectroscopic techniques have revealed important mechanistic details. Such accomplishments have made it possible for scientists and engineers to construct artificial systems for solar energy transduction that are inspired by their biological counterparts. The book contains articles written by experts and world leaders in their respective fields and summarizes the exciting breakthroughs toward understanding the structures and mechanisms of the photosynthetic apparatus as well as efforts toward developing revolutionary new energy conversion technologies. The topics/chapters will be organized in terms of the natural sequence of events occurring in the process of photosynthesis, while keeping a higher-order organization of structure and mechanism as well as the notion that biology can inspire human technologies. For example, the topic of light harvesting, will be followed by charge separation at reaction centers, followed by charge stabilization, followed by chemical reactions, followed by protection mechanisms, followed by other more specialized topics and finally ending with artificial systems and looking forward. As shown in the table of contents (TOC), the book includes and integrates topics on the structures and mechanisms of photosynthesis, and provides relevant information on applications to bioenergy and solar energy transduction.

  • Cellular osmolytes : from chaperoning protein folding to clinical perspectives / Laishram Rajendrakumar Singh, Tanveer Ali Dar, editors

  • Clinical aspects of natural and added phosphorus in foods / Orlando M. Gutiérrez, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Rajnish Mehrotra, editors

    This comprehensive reference covers the impact of dietary phosphorus in phosphorus physiology, public health and the pathogenesis of disease.  Divided into three parts, the first section is an overview of the history of phosphorus and the regulation of phosphorus homeostasis.  The second section focuses on specific matters related to phosphorus in the food supply.  Clinical applications of the material presented in the preceding sections are pulled together in the third section - including the importance of both phosphorus excess and phosphorus deficiency for the pathogenesis of a wide variety of disease including kidney, cardiovascular, bone and oncologic diseases.

    Clinical Aspects of Natural and Added Phosphorus in Foods is an indispensable resource for understanding the growing importance of dietary phosphorus content in health and disease, enhancing patient care and moving forward the field of phosphorus science. 

  • Protein reviews. M. Zouhair Atassi, editor

  • Prokaryotic cytoskeletons : filamentous protein polymers active in the cytoplasm of bacterial and archaeal cells / Jan Löwe, Linda A. Amos, editors

  • Modeling cellular systems Frederik Graw, Franziska Matthäus, Jürgen Pahle, editors
    This contributed volume comprises research articles and reviews on topics connected to the mathematical modeling of cellular systems. These contributions  cover  signaling pathways, stochastic effects, cell motility and mechanics, pattern formation processes, as well as multi-scale approaches. All authors attended the workshop on "Modeling Cellular Systems" which took place in Heidelberg in October 2014. The target audience primarily comprises researchers and experts in the field, but the book may also be beneficial for graduate students.

  • Obligate pollination mutualism Makoto Kato, Atsushi Kawakita, editors

  • Cartilage. Susanne Grässel, Attila Aszódi, editors

  • Network biology / Intawat Nookaew, editor ; with contributions by P. Ajawatanawong [and more]

  • Neuromorphic cognitive systems a learning and memory centered approach / Qiang Yu, Huajin Tang, Jun Hu, Kay Tan Chen

  • Oxidative stress in human reproduction : shedding light on a complicated phenomenon / Ashok Agarwal, Rakesh Sharma, Sajal Gupta, Avi Harlev, Gulfam Ahmad, Stefan S. du Plessis, Sandro C. Esteves, Siew May Wang, Damayanthi Durairajanayagam, editors
    This SpringerBrief discusses the role of oxidative stress in the reproductive system. The book reviews endogenous sources, methods of determining its levels in body fluid/tissues, the physiological roles of ROS, as well as its negative effects on the human reproductive processes. Also discussed are multiple extrinsic factors that could induce oxidative stress in the reproductive system. This brief covers various clinical pathologies related to the reproductive system that arise from or produce oxidative stress, both in the male and female. The use of antioxidants as a therapeutic measure to keep ROS levels in check are highlighted, describing the outcome of various clinical studies involving antioxidant supplementation in infertile patients. Infertility is a global disease that affects 15-25% of all couples, and oxidative stress arising from a multitude of sources has been implicated as one of the major contributing factors to the decline in human fertility. As such, this book provides an up-to-date review on the significance of ROS in human reproduction.
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