Environmental Stress, Adaptation and Evolution

  • R. Bijlsma
  • V. Loeschcke

Part of the Experientia Supplementum book series (EXS, volume 83)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages III-XVII
  2. Extreme environments and adaptation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Outi A. Savolainen, Päivi K. Hurme
      Pages 43-62
  3. Genetic variation and environmental stress

  4. Acclimation and response to thermal stress

  5. Stress, selection and extinction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. R. Bijlsma, Jørgen Bundgaard, Anneke C. Boerema, Welam F. Van Putten
      Pages 193-207
    3. Reinhard Bürger, Michael Lynch
      Pages 209-239
  6. Evolution and stress

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. François Taddei, Marin Vulić, Miroslav Radman, Ivan Matić
      Pages 271-290
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-326

About this book


Most organisms and populations have to cope with hostile environments, threatening their existence. Their ability to respond phenotypically and genetically to these challenges and to evolve adaptive mechanisms is, therefore, crucial. The contributions to this book aim at understanding, from a evolutionary perspective, the impact of stress on biological systems. Scientists, applying different approaches spanning from the molecular and the protein level to individuals, populations and ecosystems, explore how organisms adapt to extreme environments, how stress changes genetic structure and affects life histories, how organisms cope with thermal stress through acclimation, and how environmental and genetic stress induce fluctuating asymmetry, shape selection pressure and cause extinction of populations. Finally, it discusses the role of stress in evolutionary change, from stress induced mutations and selection to speciation and evolution at the geological time scale. The book contains reviews and novel scientific results on the subject. It will be of interest to both researchers and graduate students and may serve as a text for graduate courses.


Adaptation Drosophila Genotyp Mutation bacteria development environment evolution genetic engineering physiology population protein proteins regulation temperature

Editors and affiliations

  • R. Bijlsma
    • 1
  • V. Loeschcke
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeneticsUniversity of GroningenHarenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Ecology and GeneticsUniversity of AarhusAarhusDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Verlag 1997
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser, Basel
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-0348-9813-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-0348-8882-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1023-294X
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