Maternal Effects as Adaptations

Maternal Effects as Adaptations

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Phenotypic variation is influenced by both genetic and environmental variation. One important source of environmental variation is the maternal effect: influences of the maternal environment on offspring phenotype. Heritable maternal effects have been shown to influence the life histories, behaviour, and population dynamics of a wide variety of plants and animals. They are likely to have evolved as a mechanism for cueing offspring to appropriate development for predicted environmental conditions. This will be the first book dealing with the broad range of maternal more

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  • Hardback | 390 pages
  • 156 x 233.9 x 20.8mm | 725.76g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous line figures
  • 019511163X
  • 9780195111637
  • 1,457,014

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'...this multi-authored symposium volume has some new, creative contribution to methods, some useful reveiws of the state of the art...' * Nature *show more

Table of contents

Part 1: Theoretical Considerations ; 1. The Evolutionary Genetics of Maternal Effects ; 2. The Influence of Direct and Indirect Genetic Effects on the Evolution of Behavior: Social and Sexual Selection Meet Maternal Effects ; 3. Inertial Growth: Population Dynamics Based on Maternal Effects ; 4. What is Adaptive Environmentally Induced Parental Effect? ; 5. Oviposition Decisions as Maternal Effects: Conundrums and Opportunities for Conservation Biologists ; Part 2: Assessment and Measurement ; 6. The Detection and Measurement of Maternal Effects ; 7. The Genetics of Maternal Effects ; 8. The Role of Environmental Variation in Parental Effects Expression ; Part 3: Reviews of Maternal Effects Expression ; 9. Maternal Environmental Effects in Plants: Adaptive Plasticity? ; 10. Maternal Effects as Adaptations for Transgenerational Phenotypic Plasticity (TPP) ; 11. Are Maternal Effects in Fish Adaptive or Merely Physiological Side-Effects? ; 12. Maternal and Paternal Effects in Birds ; 13. Maternal Influences on Larval Competition in Insects ; 14. Maternal Effects, Developmental Plasticity, and Life History Evolution: An Amphibial Model ; 15. Perinatal Influences on the Reproductive Behavior of Adult Rodents ; Part 4: Case Studies of Maternal Effects ; 16. Maternal Control of Fly Diapause ; 17. Adaptation of Maternal Effects in the Wild: Path Analysis of Natural Variation and Experimental Tests of Causation ; 18. Maternal Effects and the Maintenance of Environmental Sex Determination ; 19. Density-Mediated Maternal Effects on Seed Size in Wild Radish: Genetic Variation and its Evolutionary Implications ; Concluding Remarks: Generalizations, Implications, and Future Directionsshow more