Stress Ecology

Environmental Stress as Ecological Driving Force and Key Player in Evolution

Authors: Steinberg, Christian E.W.

  • First comprehensive synopsis on the ecological and evolutionary effects of stress
  • Establishes stresses as essential ecological driving forces and evolutionary triggers
  • First comprehensive synopsis on stress response pathways in microorganisms, plants, animals, and ecosystems
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Not all stress is stressful; instead, it appears that stress in the environment, below the mutation threshold, is essential for many subtle manifestations of population structures and biodiversity, and has played a substantial role in the evolution of life.  Intrigued by the behavior of laboratory animals that contradicted our current understanding of stress, the author and his group studied the beneficial effects of stress on animals and plants. The seemingly “crazy” animals demonstrated that several stress paradigms are outdated and have to be reconsidered.

The book describes the general stress responses in microorganisms, plants, and animals to abiotic and biotic, to natural and anthropogenic stressors. These stress responses include the activation of oxygen, the biotransformation system,  the stress proteins, and the metal-binding proteins. The potential of stress response lies in the transcription of genes, whereas the actual response is manifested by proteins and metabolites. Yet, not all stress responses are in the genes: micro-RNAs and epigenetics play central roles. Multiple stressors, such as environmental realism, do not always act additively; they may even diminish one another. Furthermore, one stressor often prepares the subject for the next one to come and may produce extended lifespans and increased offspring numbers, thus causing shifts in population structures.


This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of the ecological and evolutionary effects of stress.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Why a Small Worm Is Not Crazy

    Steinberg, Christian E. W.

    Pages 1-6

  • Activation of Oxygen: Multipurpose Tool

    Steinberg, Christian E. W.

    Pages 7-45

  • Defense Means Against Pathogens and Parasites: Reactive Oxygen Species

    Steinberg, Christian E. W.

    Pages 47-60

  • Arms Race Between Plants and Animals: Biotransformation System

    Steinberg, Christian E. W.

    Pages 61-106

  • Heat Shock Proteins: The Minimal, but Universal, Stress Proteome

    Steinberg, Christian E. W.

    Pages 107-130

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eBook $159.00
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-2071-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9897-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Stress Ecology
Book Subtitle
Environmental Stress as Ecological Driving Force and Key Player in Evolution
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2072-5
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2072-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2071-8
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9897-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 480
Topics