Molecular and Physiological Aspects

  • Carlos Arturo Navas
  • José Eduardo Carvalho

Part of the Progress in Molecular and Subcellular Biology book series (PMSB, volume 49)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Philip C. Withers, Christine E. Cooper
    Pages 1-23
  3. Kenneth B. Storey, Janet M. Storey
    Pages 25-45
  4. Marlize Ferreira-Cravo, Alexis F. Welker, Marcelo Hermes-Lima
    Pages 47-61
  5. Y. K. Ip, S. F. Chew
    Pages 63-94
  6. Fritz Geiser
    Pages 95-111
  7. José E. Carvalho, Carlos A. Navas, Isabel C. Pereira
    Pages 141-169
  8. Stephen M. Secor, Jean-Herve Lignot
    Pages 183-208
  9. Stephen H. Loomis
    Pages 231-243
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 263-268

About this book


Numerous animal species live in environments characterized by a seasonal reduction in the availability of water, which often but not always occurs when temperatures are highest. For many such animals, survival during the toughest season requires spending long periods of time in a rather inactive state known as aestivation. But aestivation is much more than remaining inactive. Successful aestivation requires the selection of a proper microhabitat, variable degrees of metabolic arrest and responsiveness to external stimuli, the ability to sense the proper time of year for emergence, the preservation of inactive tissue, and much more. So, aestivation involves a complex collection of behaviors, ecological associations and physiological adjustments that vary across species in their type, magnitude and course. This book seeks to explore the phenomenon of aestivation from different perspectives and levels of organization, ranging from microhabitat selection to genetic control of physiological adjustments. It brings together authors from across the world working on different systematic groups, approaches, and questions, but who are all ultimately working to better understand the complex issue of aestivation.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Carlos Arturo Navas
    • 1
  • José Eduardo Carvalho
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de BiociênciasUniversidade de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Federal de São PauloDiademaBrazil

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