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A Functional Biology of Free-Living Protozoa

Laybourn-Parry, Johanna

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ISBN 10: 0520053400 / ISBN 13: 9780520053403
Published by Univ of California Press, Ewing, New Jersey, 1984
Used Condition: Very Good Soft cover
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Title: A Functional Biology of Free-Living Protozoa

Publisher: Univ of California Press, Ewing, New Jersey

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Original Wraps

Book Condition:Very Good

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General Editor: Peter Calow, Department of Zoology, University of Sheffield, England The main aim of this series will be to illustrate and to explain the way organisms 'make a living' in nature. At the heart of this - their func­ tional biology - is the way organisms acquire and then make use of resources in metabolism, movement, growth, reproduction, and so on. These processes will form the fundamental framework of all the books in the series. Each book will concentrate on a particular taxon (species, family, class or even phylum) and will bring together information on the form, physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology of the group. The aim will be not only to describe how organisms work, but also to consider why they have come to work in that way. By concentrating on taxa which are well known, it is hoped that the series will not only illustrate the success of selection, but also show the constraints imposed upon it by the physiological, morphological and developmental limita­ tions of the groups. Another important feature of the series will be its organismic orienta­ tion. Each book will emphasise the importance of functional integra­ tion in the day-to-day lives and the evolution of organisms. This is crucial since, though it may be true that organisms can be considered as collections of gene-determined traits, they nevertheless interact with their environment as integrated wholes and it is in this context that individual traits have been subjected to natural selection and have evolved.

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The book has a number of aims: to show how these unicellular organisms perform in nature; to illustrate the high level of diversity and complexity that has been achieved at a single-celled level of organization; and to gain an understanding of how and why the protozoa have evolved their particular physiological and behavioral patterns.

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