Morphomechanics of Development

  • Lev V.┬áBeloussov

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Lev V. Beloussov
    Pages 1-41
  3. Lev V. Beloussov
    Pages 113-156
  4. Andrei Lipchinsky
    Pages 157-190
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 191-195

About this book


This book outlines a unified theory of embryonic development, assuming morphogenesis to be a multi-level process including self-organizing steps while also obeying general laws. It is shown how molecular mechanisms generate mechanical forces, which in the long run lead to morphological changes.

Questions such as how stress-mediated feedback acts at the cellular and supra-cellular levels and how executive and regulatory mechanisms are mutually dependent are addressed, while aspects of collective cell behavior and the morphogenesis of plants are also discussed. The morphomechanical approach employed in the book is based on the general principles of self-organization theory.


Embryology Mechanical stress in tissue Morphogenesis Morphological changes Multilevel organization Self-organization theory Systems theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Lev V.┬áBeloussov
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EmbryologyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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