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The Genetic Code

Produced 1977 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet looks at the elucidation of the genetic code. It includes information about how macromolecular components interact in the cell to make proteins. The booklet considers some of the experimental details which gave rise to...

Phytochrome and Plant Growth

Produced in 1976 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet looks at how plants utilise energy from sunlight in the process of photosynthesis. It also examines how the intensity, quality and duration of light can regulate the growth and development of a plant independently of...

Ecology of Fishes in Tropical Waters

Produced in 1977 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet reviews the ecology of fish found in tropical waters. Fish has long been one of the main food sources in tropical countries. With rapidly rising human populations, fisheries development in tropical waters has been...

The Optical Microscope in Biology

Produced in 1976 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet introduces the use of the optical microscope in biology. The use of contrast-enhancing techniques allows the detailed structural changes of living cells to be studied, whilst fluorescent markers allow dynamic...

Viviparity

Produced in 1976 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet examines reproduction in animals that give birth to live offspring (viviparity). It considers viviparity as an adaptation evolved in diverse situations as a solution to diverse problems. The booklet uses the term '...

The Dynamics of Competition and Predation

Produced in 1976 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet gives an introduction to the ecology of competition and predation. Both processes are important in affecting the size, stability and distribution of populations. On a different time scale, they result in the...

Plants and Temperature

Produced in 1977 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet examines the influence of temperature on plant growth and development. Temperature is the single most important factor controlling plant distribution on a world-wide scale, and it also has a major effect on crop...

The Ecology of Streams and Rivers

Produced in 1980 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet gives an introduction to the ecology of running water. The principal theme considers patterns in the distribution of organisms and community organization. The aim is to define some general principles and unifying...

The Body Fluids and Their Functions

Produced in 1967 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet intends to give an outline of the main features of the moving and circulating body fluids. Without the circulation of blood or haemolymph, the transport of metabolites and constancy of internal composition cannot be...

Biological Clocks

Produced in 1979 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet looks at the biological rhythms that influence the activities of living organisms.

The booklet contains sections that look at topics including:
* Types of biological clock
* Daily, tidal, lunar and...

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