Biological Timekeeping: Clocks, Rhythms and Behaviour

  • Vinod Kumar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. History, Concepts, Evolution, and Basic Features of Biological Clock

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William J. Schwartz, Serge Daan
      Pages 3-22
    3. Dietmar Weinert, James Waterhouse
      Pages 23-45
    4. Michael R. Gorman, Elizabeth M. Harrison, Jennifer A. Evans
      Pages 59-79
  3. Animal Clocks: Complexity and Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Charlotte Helfrich-Förster
      Pages 133-176
    3. Cristina Pagano, Rosa Maria Ceinos, Daniela Vallone, Nicholas S. Foulkes
      Pages 177-192
    4. Zhaomin Zhong, Mingyong Wang, Guodong Huang, Shuqing Zhang, Han Wang
      Pages 193-209
    5. Massimiliano Andreazzoli, Debora Angeloni
      Pages 211-222
    6. Vincent M. Cassone, Jiffin K. Paulose, Clifford E. Harpole, Ye Li, Melissa Whitfield-Rucker
      Pages 241-256
    7. Beatriz Bano-Otalora, Hugh D. Piggins
      Pages 257-275
  4. Human Circadian Rhythms: Entrainment and Sleep Regulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Josiane L. Broussard, Amy C. Reynolds, Christopher M. Depner, Sally A. Ferguson, Drew Dawson, Kenneth P. Wright Jr.
      Pages 279-295
    3. Jade M. Murray, Tracey L. Sletten, Michelle Magee, Shantha M. W. Rajaratnam
      Pages 315-334
  5. Clock Interactions Within and Between Individual and the Natural World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335

About this book


This book is a concise, comprehensive and up-to-date account of fundamental concepts and potential applications of biological timekeeping mechanisms in animals and humans. It also discusses significant aspects of the organization and importance of timekeeping mechanisms in both groups. Divided into seven sections, it addresses important aspects including fundamental concepts; animal and human clocks; clock interactions; clocks and metabolism and immune functions; pineal, melatonin and timekeeping; and clocks, photoperiodism and seasonal behaviours. The book also focuses on biological clock applications in a 24x7 human society, particularly in connection with life-style associated disorders like obesity and diabetes. It is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduates, researchers and professionals engaged in the study of the science of biological timekeeping.


Clock Metabolism Rhythm Seasonal Timing Sleep disorders

Editors and affiliations

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

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer (India) Pvt. Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-81-322-3686-3
  • Online ISBN 978-81-322-3688-7
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