Spiderwebs and Silk

Spiderwebs and Silk : Tracing Evolution From Molecules to Genes to Phenotypes

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This book links the molecular evolution of silk proteins to the evolution and behavioral ecology of web-spinning spiders and other arthropods. Craig's book draws together studies from biochemistry through molecular genetics, cellular physiology, ecology, and behavior to present an integrated understanding of an interesting biological system at the molecular and organizational levels.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 562.45g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • numerous halftones and line figures
  • 0195129164
  • 9780195129168
  • 2,076,884

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Craigs 'Spider Webs and Silks' brings a fascinating and important subject to a potentially broad audience. And it might even turn some arachnophobes into arachnophiles. * Nature * [Craig] gives a fascinating and vivid account of evolution of spider silks ... The book is a well-written, informative spider silk monograph ... will stimulate further research efforts in artificial silk synthesis ... will serve as an important source of information on all aspects of spider silk proteins. * Heredity *show more

Table of contents

Preface ; 1 Breaking down silk proteins and their evolutionary pathways ; 2 The comparative architecture of silks, fibrous proteins and their encoding genes in insects and spiders ; 3. The mechanical functions of silk and their correlated structural properties ; 4. Insect spatial vision is potential selective factor on the evolution of silk achromatic properties and web architecture ; 5. Insect color vision is a potential selective factor on the evolution of silk chromatic properties and web design ; 6. Insect learning capacity is a potential selective factor in the evolution of silk color and the decorative silk patterns spun by spiders ; 7. Inter-gland competition for amino acids and the ATP costs of silk synthesis ; 8. One-dimensional developmental system and life-long silk synthesis may preclude the evolution of high eusociality in spiders ; 9. Conclusions and looking forward ; Bibliography ; Indexshow more

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