Comparative Physiology of Fasting, Starvation, and Food Limitation

  • Marshall D. McCue

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Allen G. Gibbs, Lauren A. Reynolds
    Pages 37-51
  3. Johannes Overgaard, Tobias Wang
    Pages 53-68
  4. Marshall D. McCue, Harvey B. Lillywhite, Steven J. Beaupre
    Pages 103-131
  5. Susanne Jenni-Eiermann, Lukas Jenni
    Pages 171-192
  6. Ulf Bauchinger, Scott R. McWilliams
    Pages 193-206
  7. Xueying Zhang, Xinyu Liu, Dehua Wang
    Pages 207-216
  8. Miriam Ben-Hamo, Agustí Muñoz-Garcia, Berry Pinshow
    Pages 257-275
  9. Marshall D. McCue
    Pages 409-420
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 421-430

About this book


All animals face the possibility of food limitation and ultimately starvation-induced mortality. This book summarizes state of the art of starvation biology from the ecological causes of food limitation to the physiological and evolutionary consequences of prolonged fasting. It is written for an audience with an understanding of general principles in animal physiology, yet offers a level of analysis and interpretation that will engage seasoned scientists. Each chapter is written by active researchers in the field of comparative physiology and draws on the primary literature of starvation both in nature and the laboratory. The chapters are organized among broad taxonomic categories, such as protists, arthropods, fishes, reptiles, birds, and flying, aquatic, and terrestrial mammals including humans; particularly well-studied animal models, e.g. endotherms are further organized by experimental approaches, such as analyses of blood metabolites, stable isotopes, thermobiology, and modeling of body composition.


Catabolism Homeostasis Malnutrition Nutritional stress Thermobiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Marshall D. McCue
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of Biological SciencesSt. Mary's UniversitySan AntonioUSA

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