An Introduction to Ecological Genomics

Nico M van Straalen and Dick Roelofs 
OUP  March 2006  

Paperback  320 pages  ISBN 9780198566717      £43.00
The first synthetic treatment of this new field of science, giving a comprehensive summary of genomics-based approaches to urgent ecological questions

Advanced topics are presented in an accessible style, with careful explanations of technical terms, making this book suitable for courses in ecological genomics at the MSc and beginning PhD level

Covers examples from microbiology to plant science and zoology, providing an overview of a broad field of biological science, suitable for many different subdisciplines

In-depth coverage of recent research (2000 - 2005) gives an up-to-date overview of scattered literature which is otherwise available only in primary journals

Addresses state of the art ecological research incorporating genomics technology.

The genomics revolution has expanded from its origins in molecular biology to impact upon every discipline in the life sciences, including ecology. Several ecological questions can be profitably addressed using genomics technology, including issues of nutrient cycling, population structure, life-history variation, trophic interaction, stress responses and the ecological niche.

An Introduction to Ecological Genomics focuses on three fundamental ecological questions:

  • What is the relationship between community structure and ecological function in ecosystems?
  • How can the variation in life-history patterns among species be explained from interaction between the genome and the environment?
  • To what extent can the limits of the ecological niche be understood from molecular stress responses?

Each of these questions is evaluated in this book, in the light of recent advances in genomics research, paying particular attention to data obtained from sequencing and screening of environmental genomes (metagenomics), microarray-based transcription profiling, and gene expression directed by signal-transduction pathways. The chapters covering these key areas are preceded by discussions of genomics methodology and comparative genomics, and the book concludes with a chapter on integrative approaches such as ecological control analysis. An issue receiving particular attention is the genomic study of model species and the extrapolation of data obtained from them to an ecological context. The authors also provide a comparative survey the properties of genomes (genome size, gene families, synteny, polymorphism) for prokaryotes as well as the main eukaryotic models.

This book incorporates a multitude of recent examples from microbiology, plant science, and zoology, drawing together a scattered literature in the first synthesis of the new and exciting field of ecological genomics. It will be of particular interest to senior undergraduate and graduate level students, as well as researchers in the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and molecular biology.

Readership: An advanced textbook suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate level students taking related courses in departments of ecology and biology. There will also be a large secondary market amongst academics and researchers seeking an overview of this newly emerging field.


  • What is ecological genomics?
  • Genome analysis
  • Comparing genomes
  • Structure and function in communities
  • Life-history patterns
  • Stress responses
  • Integrated ecological genomics


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