The Social Amoebae: The Biology of Cellular Slime Molds
A Hardback edition by John Tyler Bonner in English (Dec 29, 2008)
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Short Description: Noted biologist and author John Tyler Bonner has experimented with cellular slime molds for more than sixty years, and he has done more than anyone else to raise these peculiar... Read more
Noted biologist and author John Tyler Bonner has experimented with cellular slime molds for more than sixty years, and he has done more than anyone else to raise these peculiar collections of amoebae from a minor biological curiosity to a major model organism--one that is widely studied for clues to the development and evolution of all living things. Now, five decades after he published his first pioneering book on cellular slime molds, Bonner steps back from the proliferating and increasingly specialized knowledge about the organism to provide a broad, nontechnical picture of its whole biology, including its evolution, sociobiology, ecology, behavior, and development.The Social Amoebae draws the big lessons from decades of research, and shows how slime molds fit into and illuminate biology as a whole.
Slime molds are very different from other organisms; they feed as individual amoebae before coming together to form a multicellular organism that has a remarkable ability to move and orient itself in its environment. Furthermore, these social amoebae display a sophisticated division of labor; within each organism, some cells form the stalk and others become the spores that will seed the next generation. InThe Social Amoebae, Bonner examines all these parts together, giving a balanced, concise, and clear overview of slime mold biology, from molecules to cells to multicells, as he advances some unconventional and unexpected insights.
- John Tyler Bonner
- Princeton University Press
- Publication date
- Dec 29, 2008
- Product dimensions
- 150 x 228 x 18mm
Preface vii Chapter 1: Introduction 1 Chapter 2: The Life Cycle 7 Chapter 3: Evolution 17 Chapter 4: Ecology 35 Chapter 5: Behavior of Amoebae and Cell Masses 43 Chapter 6: Morphogenesis 87 Chapter 7: Differentiation 95 Chapter 8: The Future 121 Bibliography 129 Index 141