Maternal Effects as Adaptations

Hardcover | May 1, 1998

EditorTimothy A. Mousseau, Charles W. Fox

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Mothers have the ability to profoundly affect the quality of their offspring--from the size and quality of their eggs to where, when, and how eggs and young are placed, and from providing for and protecting developing young to choosing a mate. In many instances, these maternal effects may bethe single most important contributor to variation in offspring fitness. This book explores the wide variety of maternal effects that have evolved in plants and animals as mechanisms of adaptation to temporally and spatially heterogeneous environments. Topics range from the evolutionary implicationsof maternal effects to the assessment and measurement of maternal effects. Four detailed case studies are also included. This book represents the first synthesis of the current state of knowledge concerning the evolution of maternal effects and their adaptive significance.

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Mothers have the ability to profoundly affect the quality of their offspring--from the size and quality of their eggs to where, when, and how eggs and young are placed, and from providing for and protecting developing young to choosing a mate. In many instances, these maternal effects may bethe single most important contributor to vari...

Timothy A. Mousseau is at University of South Carolina, Columbia. Charles W. Fox is at Fordham University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.29 × 6.3 × 0.98 inPublished:May 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019511163X

ISBN - 13:9780195111637

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Part I. Conceptual Issues1. Michael J. Wade: The Evolutionary Genetics of Maternal Effects2. Allen J. Moore, Jason B. Wolf, and Edmund D. Brodie III: The Influence of Direct and Indirect Genetic Effects on the Evolution of Behavior: Social and Sexual Selection Meet Maternal Effects3. Lev R. Ginzburg: Inertial Growth: Population Dynamics Based on Maternal Effects4. Elizabeth P. Lacey: What Is an Adaptive Environmentally Induced Parental Effect5. Bernard D. Roitberg: Oviposition Decisions as Maternal Effects: Conundrums and Opportunities for Conservation BiologistsPart II. Assessment and Measurement6. Derek A. Roff: The Detection and Measurement of Maternal Effects7. Ruth G. Shaw and Diane L. Byers: Genetics of Maternal and Paternal Effects8. MaryCarol Rossiter: The Role of Environmental Variation in Parental Effects ExpressionPart III. Reviews of Maternal Effects Expression9. Kathleen Donohue and Johanna Schmitt: Maternal Environmental Effects in Plants: Adaptive Plasticity?10. Charles W. Fox and Timothy A. Mousseau: Maternal Effects as Adaptations for Transgenerational Phenotypic Plasticity in Insects11. Daniel D. Heath and D. Max Blouw: Are Maternal Effects in Fish Adaptive or Merely Physiological Side Effects?12. Trevor Price: Maternal and Paternal Effects in Birds: Effects on Offspring Fitness13. Frank J. Messina: Maternal Influences on Larval Competition in Insects14. Robert H. Kaplan: Maternal Effects, Developmental Plasticity, and Life History Evolution: An Amphibian Model15. Mertice M. Clark and Bennett F. Galef, Jr.: Perinatal Influences on the Reproductive Behavior of Adult RodentsPart IV. Case Studies of Maternal Effects16. David L. Denlinger: Maternal Control of Fly Diapause17. Barry Sinervo: Adaptation of Maternal Effects in the Wild: Path Analysis of Natural Variation and Experimental Tests of Causation18. Willem M. Roosenburg and Peter Niewiarowski: Maternal Effects and the Maintenance of Environmental Sex Determination19. Susan J. Mazer and Lorne M. Wolfe: Density-Mediated Maternal Effects on Seed Size in Wild Radish: Genetic Variation and Its Evolutionary Implications

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"Occasionally there is a multiauthored book that is inspiring enough to revive the interest of evolutionary biologists in some unduly neglected concept. . . . The present book may do [that] for maternal effects. . . . This book challenges us to expand our view of selection and adaptation toinclude the cross-generational extended phenotypes of parents expressed in their offspring . . . The authors discuss species in which parents choose oviposition sites, incubate eggs, care for or educate their young, and where eggs contain, in addition to nutrients, hormones, antibodies, mRNA, andphotoperiod-induced cues. . . . This volume is a high-quality contribution to the literature on phenotypic plasticity, selection and adaptation, and development as an aspect of natural history and evolution. Perhaps the most important message it contains is clear evidence for the role ofenvironmental factors in structuring development from its earliest inception."--The Quarterly Review of Biology