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By P. N. Campbell

Biology in Profile: A consultant to the numerous Branches of Biology is a 20-chapter textual content that describes the profile and organic phenomena of chosen branches of biology. each one bankruptcy discusses the scope, progress parts, and specialties of the categorical department of biology.

This booklet comprises 20 branches of biology, resembling zoology, botany, microbiology, body structure, ecology, ethology, psychology, parasitology, pharmacy, and pharmacology. different branches lined comprise toxicology, meals, meals technological know-how, endocrinology, immunology, genetics, virology, biophysics, biochemistry, and molecular biology.

This e-book may be of worth to scholars and different scientists who're no longer working towards biologists.

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BIP - D 37 38 Biology in Profile Much of the behaviour of the insects, fishes and birds which early ethologists studied in detail is deeply rooted, and each species has an array of what are called "fixed action patterns", many of which vary very little from one animal to another. From this it was at first thought that such patterns were innate or genetically determined, but it was soon realised that this was an oversimplification. Many patterns, like the song of a bird or the attachment of a young animal to its mother, have been found by experi­ ments to depend on learning; they develop wrongly when the animal is not in a natural situation.

H. (1975) Communities and Ecosystems. Collier Macmillan. 385 pp. ETHOLOGY Profile No. 6 ETHOLOGY by Dr Peter J . B . S l a t e r ( L e c t u r e r in the School of Biological Sciences, U n i v e r s i t y of Sussex) Ethology is the b r a n c h of biology which is c o n c e r n e d with the b e h a v i o u r of a n i m a l s . It is a subject a k i n to p s y c h o l o g y , b u t i t s e m p h a s i s is r a t h e r d i f f e r e n t , for while e t h o l o g i s t s a r e i n t e r e s t e d in the n a t u r a l b e h a v i o u r of a n i m a l s , a n d how evolution h a s a d a p t e d it to t h e i r s u r r o u n d i n g s , p s y c h o l ­ o g i s t s t e n d to be more c o n c e r n e d with a n i m a l s ' c a p a b i l i t i e s , such as the t a s k s t h a t t h e y c a n be t r a i n e d to m a s t e r .

The most s e r i o u s d i s e a s e is m a l a r i a , c a u s e d by a s i n g l e - c e l l e d , or p r o t o z o a n , p a r a s i t e t h a t l i v e s i n s i d e the r e d blood c e l l s of m a n . Over 200 million people a r e affected a n d in Africa alone over a million c h i l d r e n die from the d i s e a s e e a c h y e a r . Trypanosomes a r e a l s o p r o t o z o a n s t h a t l i v e in the blood, in t h i s c a s e among the c e l l s . In Africa, they a r e c a r r i e d from man to man by t s e t s e flies a n d c a u s e s l e e p i n g sickness.

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