Monographiae Biologicae

Diapause in Aquatic Invertebrates

Theory and Human Use

Editors: Alekseev, Victor R., De Stasio, Bart, Gilbert, John J. (Eds.)

  • Dormancy is a suspension of the vital functions in an organism for sometimes a very long time to overcome harsh environmental conditions. It is a widespread adaptation in many phyla from bacteria to vertebrates and may exert a great influence at aquatic communities.
  • Many authors of this new book were participants at the workshop on diapause in aquatic invertebrates (Pallanza, Italy 2003). The book consists of two major parts: phenomenology of diapause and significance of this adaptation in scientific and practical uses. Cultivation of live food, like rotifers or Artemia is an expanding application of practical use of diapause in modern aquaculture. Diapause provides the advantage of promoting the colonization of new environments by facilitating the passive transport of the resting stages of invasive species. Creation of artificial ecosystems outside the Earth’s biosphere with using dormancy becomes an actual possibility with the plans of humans to colonize our nearest planets. Studies on the vertical distribution of resting eggs in sediment cores yield important ecological information.
  • Properties of diapause and individual peculiarities of this ancient and well-developed adaptive phenomenon are regarded in the evolutionary distant groups like Rotifers, Crustaceans and Insects.
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Dormancy is a suspension of the vital functions in an organism to overcome harsh environmental conditions, and sometimes can last for centuries. It is a widespread adaptation in many phyla, ranging from bacteria to vertebrates, and may exert a great influence on aquatic communities.

Contributors to this new book are leaders in the field of diapause studies, and many authors were participants at a recent workshop on diapause in aquatic invertebrates (Pallanza, Italy 2003). The book consists of two major parts, as indicated in its title: Phenomenology of diapause and significance of this adaptation in scientific and practical uses. Application to newly developing areas such as cultivation of live food, like rotifers or Artemia, in modern aquaculture is covered, as are aspects of diapause that promote the colonization of new environments by facilitating the passive transport of resting stages of invasive species. Creation of artificial ecosystems outside of the Earth’s biosphere using dormant propagules becomes an actual possibility as humankind develops plans to colonize our nearest planets. Also, studies on the vertical distribution of resting stages in undisturbed sediment cores yield important ecological and evolutionary information useful in investigations of past environments.

Throughout the book properties of diapause and individual peculiarities of this ancient and well-developed adaptive phenomenon are regarded in evolutionarily distant groups such as Rotifers, Crustaceans and Insects.

About the authors

Victor R. Alekseev, Research Professor, Head of Taxonomy department, Zoological Institute of The Russain Academy of Sciences, the author of the first monograph on diapause in Crustaceans (1990, Nauka Academic Publishers, Moscow), the organiser of the First International Symposium on Diapause in Crustaceans (September 1994, St. Petersburg, Russia) and Workshop on Diapause in Aquatic Animals (October 2003, Palanza, Italy, together with professor Oscar Ravera and Dr. Riccardo diBernardi).

Bart De Stasio, Associated Professor, Department of Biology, Lawrence University, USA, a well known specialist in Crustaceans’s diapause, the first who applied the very productive idea of seed bank (egg-bank) to aquatic ecosystems.

John J. Gilbert, Professor of ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire USA a world known specialist in diapause and signal chemicals in the Rotifers.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"The best-defined types of dormancy are diapause and quiescence. These two remarkable abilities are discussed in the new book Diapause in Aquatic Invertebrates … . The book written by 20 authors, examines the current state of knowledge over 14 chapters and two major parts. … All in all, the book is the best available on the phenomenon of diapause. … This interesting volume … has something to say about the nature of life." (Ralph Schill, Lab Times, Issue 2, 2008)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • Timing of Diapause in Monogonont Rotifers: Mechanisms and Strategies

    John J. Gilbert

    Pages 11-27

  • Diapause in Aquatic Insects, with Emphasis on Mosquitoes

    Elena B. Vinogradova

    Pages 83-113

  • A Brief Perspective on Molecular Mechanisms of Diapause in Aquatic Invertebrates

    Victor R. Alekseev

    Pages 115-118

  • Studying the Phenomenon of Dormancy: Why it is Important for Space Exploration

    Victor R. Alekseev, Vladimir N. Sychev, Natalia D. Novikova

    Pages 207-214

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Diapause in Aquatic Invertebrates
Book Subtitle
Theory and Human Use
Editors
  • Victor R. Alekseev
  • Bart De Stasio
  • John J. Gilbert
Series Title
Monographiae Biologicae
Series Volume
84
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5680-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5680-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5679-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7425-6
Series ISSN
0077-0639
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 260
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