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Introduction to Molecular Ecology

ISBN-10: 0199248575

ISBN-13: 9780199248575

Edition: 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Trevor J. C. Beebee, Graham Rowe, Trevor Beebee

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Ecology - the study of how individuals and species interact with their surroundings, and each other - has been revolutionised by a new molecular approach to the subject. By using molecular, biological and molecular genetic techniques, ecological interactions can be investigated in more detail and with more accuracy than ever before. An Introduction to Molecular Ecology makes this fascinating area of research accessible to students for the first time. Beginning with the history of molecular ecology, involving the relationships between natural history, genetics and evolution, the book moves on to discuss the areas of molecular population genetics, phylogeography, and molecular ecology in conservation biology. These are just a few of the ten chapters, which are individually structured to include background information, questions of interest, the underlying theory of the various molecular and analytical approaches, and a range of relevant examples. Two substantial appendices detail accounts of the main practical and analytical methods currently used in molecular ecology. Online Resource Centre Illustrations from the book will be available to download free from the Online Resource Centre at: www.oup.com/uk/booksites/biosciences/
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Book details

List price: $65.45
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 372
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Introduction: The emergence of molecular ecology as a new discipline, including its major methods
Basic Molecular Biology: Structure of Proteins, DNA, etc
Identification: Use of molecular methods to identify cryptic species, hybrids, sex of an individual, etc
Behaviour: Use of DNA fingerprinting/profiling to identify individuals for parentage analysis
Population Genetics: Study of population structure, genetic diversity and inbreeding
Phylogeography: The genetic history of species distributions
Molecular Microbiology: Assessing the diversity and distribution of microorganism communities
Conservation Genetics: Applications of molecular studies in the conservation programmes for wild populations
Adaptive Variation and Fitness: Use of molecular markers to study fitness traits in wild plants and animals
Genetically Modified Organisms: Use of molecular methods to study the effects of releasing GM-organisms into the wild