Avian Genetics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121875718, 9781483275680

Avian Genetics

1st Edition

A Population and Ecological Approach

Editors: F. Cooke P. A. Buckley
eBook ISBN: 9781483275680
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1989
Page Count: 506
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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.

Table of Contents






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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