Biological Rhythms

  • Vinod Kumar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. S. Daan, D. G. M. Beersma
    Pages 24-37
  3. A. Johnsson, G. Prytz
    Pages 38-45
  4. M. Zordan, R. Costa, C. Fukuhara, G. Tosini
    Pages 46-59
  5. T. Roenneberg, M. Merrow
    Pages 60-70
  6. G. Fleissner, G. Fleissner
    Pages 71-82
  7. G. Fleissner, G. Fleissner
    Pages 83-93
  8. C. Helfrich-Förster, W. Engelmann
    Pages 94-106
  9. C. Bertolucci, A. Foà, G. Tosini
    Pages 129-143
  10. R. Brandstätter
    Pages 144-163
  11. H. D. Piggins, A. N. Coogan, D. J. Cutler, H. E. Reed
    Pages 164-180
  12. P. J. Lumsden
    Pages 181-191
  13. S. L. Meddle, G. E. Bentley, V. M. King
    Pages 192-206
  14. M. P. Gerkema
    Pages 207-215
  15. E. Reierth, K.-A. Stokkan
    Pages 216-223
  16. S. M. W. Rajaratnam, J. R. Redman
    Pages 224-231
  17. S. Rani, S. Singh, V. Kumar
    Pages 232-243
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 245-254

About this book


(Chapters 11 to 14) summarise important features of the biological clock at the level of whole animal covering all vertebrate classes (fish to mammal). Chapters 15 and 16 are on long term (seasonal) rhythms in plants and higher vertebrates. Short term rhythms (ultradian rhythms), the significance of having a clock system in animals living in extreme (arctic) environments, and the diversity of circadian responses to melatonin, the key endocrine element involved in regulation of biological rhythms, have been discussed in Chapters 17 to 19. Finally, a chapter on sensitivity to light of the photoperiodic clock is added which, using vertebrate examples, illustrates the importance of wavelength and intensity of light on circadian and non-circadian functions. A well-known expert writes each chapter. When presenting information, the text provides consistent thematic coverage and feeling for the methods of investigation. Reference citation within the body of the text adequately reflects the literature as subject is developed. A chapter begins with an abstract that enables a reader to know at the first glance the important points covered in that chapter. The chapter concludes with a full citation of references included in the text, which could be useful for further reading. The book ends with a comprehensive subject index that may be useful for quick searches.


Photopheriode Uhr biology circadian clock evolution fish genetics molecular biology receptor regulation reptiles retina rythm vertebrates

Editors and affiliations

  • Vinod Kumar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of LucknowLucknowIndia

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-06087-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-06085-8
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