By Elizabeth Martin, Robert Hine

ISBN-10: 0192800329

ISBN-13: 9780192800329

This significant revision of A Dictionary of Biology, together with over 1,500 new entries, is the main updated biology dictionary on hand. together with 4,000 transparent and concise entries, it covers the entire in general encountered phrases and ideas in biology, biophysics, and biochemistry, in addition to phrases from drugs and palaeontology taking into consideration the new advances in those fields. Conforming to the innovations of the Institute of Biology, either in its definition of phrases and procedure of class, this awesome dictionary bargains authoritative insurance of present components of analysis equivalent to molecular biology, genetics (including genetic engineering), and biotechnology, and new parts comparable to foodstuff expertise, geomicrobiology, and glycobiology. it's the ideal reference resource for someone attracted to this dynamic box.

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M. 1996 Page vi Editors Elizabeth Martin MA Michael Ruse BSc, PhD Elaine Holmes BSc, PhD Advisers B. S. Beckett BSc, BPhil, MA (Ed) R. A. Hands BSc Michael Lewis MA W. D. Phillips PhD Contributors Tim Beardsley BA Lionel Bender BSc Belinda Cupid MSc, PhD E. K. Daintith BSc Malcolm Hart BSc, MIBiol Robert S. Hine BSc, MSc Anne Lockwood BSc J. Valerie Neal BSc, PhD R. A. Prince MA Brian Stratton BSc, MSc Elizabeth Tootill BSc, MSc Page 1 A A band The region of a striated muscle fibre that contains both thick (myosin) and thin (actin) filaments.

The source of increased nitrate may be from agricultural *fertilizers, which are leached into water systems from the land, or *sewage effluent. Algal blooms contribute to the eutrophication of water systems. See also eutrophic. algin (alginic acid) A complex polysaccharide occurring in the cell walls of the brown algae (Phaeophyta). Algin strongly absorbs water to form a viscous gel. It is produced commercially from a variety of species of Laminaria and from Macrocystis pyrifera in the form of alginates, which are used mainly as stabilizers and texturing agents in the food industry.

As the original population increases in size it spreads out from its centre of origin to exploit new habitats and food sources. In time this results in a number of populations each adapted to its particular habitat: eventually these populations will differ from each other sufficiently to become new species. Page 8 A good example of this process is the evolution of the Australian marsupials into species adapted as carnivores, herbivores, burrowers, fliers, etc. On a smaller scale, the adaptive radiation of the Galapagos finches provided Darwin with crucial evidence for his theory of evolution (see Darwin's finches).

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