Biological signaling field in mammals (for 110th Anniversary of Professor N.P. Naumov)

Abstract

The main propositions of the biological signaling field concept suggested by the author of concept N.P. Naumov and his followers are discussed in this review based on the example of mammals. It has been shown that the development of this concept over the last 30 years has been based on its fundamental proposition. The main idea is that, from generation to generation, mammals leave traces of their life activity at landscape objects in a biogeocenosis space and form a matrix of stable elements, i.e., a system of attractors, which are objects that attract attention from animals and their usage of a territory with all its resources. The stable elements establish a visual-olfactory image of the territory, which influences the trajectory of each new generation of mammals. It has been suggested that, because it is similar to biological productivity and species diversity, the field of biological signaling field has consistent stages of ecological succession. Although this concept has not become widespread, in recent years, studies based on its fundamental propositions have been published regularly. A necessary condition of the further successful development of the concept is the establishment of new research methods, including the simulation of the processes of the formation of a matrix of stable elements under experimental conditions.

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Original Russian Text © E.A. Vanisova, A.A. Nikol’skii, 2012, published in Zhurnal Obshchei Biologii, 2012, Vol. 73, No. 6, pp. 403–417.

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Vanisova, E.A., Nikol’skii, A.A. Biological signaling field in mammals (for 110th Anniversary of Professor N.P. Naumov). Biol Bull Rev 3, 335–346 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1134/S2079086413050095

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  • Brown Bear
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  • Signaling Field
  • Stable Element