Avian Genetics: A Population and Ecological Approach is a collection of papers that deals with the study of birds in relation to the synthetic theory of evolution.
This book studies the ecology, demography, behavior, and geographical distribution of birds; the text also discusses quantitative, chromosomal, biochemical, and population genetics. Part I reviews the various genetic interactions, including an analysis of DNA sequence variation. The different and newer techniques are compared such as the works of Sibley, Quinn, and White. Part II describes the molding genetic variation and covers topics such as inbreeding; gene flow and the genetic structure of populations; non-random mating; and the process of selection in natural populations of birds. Part III covers actual genetic case histories, including quantitative ecological genetics of great tits; genetic evolution of house sparrows; and presentation of evidence for sexual selection by female choice in the Arctic Skua. This book also presents future research in subjects such as the neutrality-selection controversy or genetics and conservation.
This text can be beneficial for ecologists, ornithologists, animal conservationists, and population biologists studying birds.
Contents Contributors Foreword Preface Introduction Part I Assaying Genetic Variation 1 Mendelian Genes 2 Quantitative Genetics 3 Chromosomal Variation 4 Electrophoretic Variability of Gene Products 5 Analysis of DNA Sequence Variation Synthesis I—Assaying Genetic Variation Part II Moulding Genetic Variation 6 Inbreeding, Philopatry and Optimal Outbreeding in Birds 7 Gene Flow and the Genetic Structure of Populations 8 Selection in Natural Populations of Birds 9 Nonrandom Mating: A Theoretical and Empirical Overview with Special Reference to Birds 10 Geographic Variation and Speciation Synthesis II—Molding Genetic Variation Part III Genetic Case Histories 11 Quantitative Ecological Genetics of Great Tits 12 Evolutionary Genetics of House Sparrows 13 Lesser Snow Goose: A Longterm Population Study 14 Polymorphism and Sexual Selection in the Arctic Skua Part IV Coda 15 Epilogue and Prologue: Past and Future Research in Avian Genetics
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- © Academic Press 1987
- 28th January 1989
- Academic Press
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