Introduction to Ecological Genomics

ISBN-10: 0199594694
ISBN-13: 9780199594696
Edition: 2nd 2011
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Book details

List price: $93.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

The genomics revolution has expanded from its origins in molecular biology to impact upon every discipline in the life sciences, including ecology. Several lines of ecological research can now be profitably addressed using genomics technology, including issues of nutrient cycling, population structure, life-history variation, trophic interaction, stress responses, and adaptation to environmental change.This new edition addresses a series of fundamental ecological questions: the relationship between community structure and ecological function in ecosystems; how variation in life-history patterns among species can be explained from interaction between the genome and the environment; the molecular responses to changing and toxic environmental conditions; adaptive phenotypes and their relationship to genetic variation. Each of these questions is evaluated in the light of recent advances in genomics research, paying particular attention to data obtained from sequencing and screening of environmental genomes (metagenomics), microarray-based transcription profiling, gene expression directed by signal-transduction pathways, and the analysis of genomic polymorphisms. The chapters covering these key areas are preceded by discussions of genomics methodology (including an overview of next-generation sequencing technologies) and comparative genomics, and the book concludes with a chapter on integrative approaches such as ecological control analysis. The authors also provide a comparative survey of the properties of genomes (genome size, gene families, synteny, and polymorphism) for prokaryotes as well as the main eukaryotic models.An Introduction to Ecological Genomicsincorporates a balance of plant, animal, and microbial examples, and continues to define the new and exciting field of ecological genomics.

Ecological genomics and genome analysis
The genomics revolution invading ecology
Yeast, fly, worm, and weed
-Omics speak
Genome analysis
Comparing genomes
Properties of genomes
Prokaryotic genomes
Eukaryotic genomes
Structure and function in communities
The biodiversity and ecosystem functioning synthetic framework
Measurement of microbial biodiversity
Microbial genomics of biogeochemical cycles
Reconstruction of functions from environmental genomes
Genomic approaches to biodiversity and ecosystem function: an appraisal
Life-history patterns
The core of life-history theory
Longevity and aging
Gene-expression profiles in the life cycle
Phenotypic plasticity of life-history traits
Genomic approaches to life-history patterns: an appraisal
Stress responses
Stress and the ecological niche
The main defence mechanisms against cellular stress
Heat, cold, drought, salt, and hypoxia
Herbivory and microbial infection
Toxic substances
Genomic approaches to ecological stress: an appraisal
Variation and adaptation
The internal tangled bank
Genomic polymorphisms
Regulatory and structural change
Epigenetic variation and developmental change
Genomic approaches to variation and adaption: an appraisal
Integrative ecological genomics
The need for integration: systems biology
Ecological control analysis
Outlook
References
Index

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