The Nature of Nutrition: A Unifying Framework from Animal by Stephen J. Simpson,David Raubenheimer

By Stephen J. Simpson,David Raubenheimer

Nutrition has lengthy been thought of extra the area of drugs and agriculture than of the organic sciences, but it touches and shapes all facets of the flora and fauna. the necessity for meals determines even if wild animals thrive, how populations evolve and decline, and the way ecological groups are established. The Nature of Nutrition is the 1st booklet to handle nutrition's vastly advanced position in biology, either on the point of person organisms and of their broader ecological interactions.

Stephen Simpson and David Raubenheimer supply a finished theoretical method of the research of nutrition--the Geometric Framework. They express the way it can assist us to appreciate the hyperlinks among foodstuff and the biology of person animals, together with the physiological mechanisms that be sure the dietary interactions of the animal with its atmosphere, and the implications of those interactions by way of future health, immune responses, and lifespan. Simpson and Raubenheimer clarify how those results translate into the collective habit of teams and societies, and in flip impact nutrients webs and the constitution of ecosystems. Then they display how the Geometric Framework can be utilized to take on concerns in utilized meals, corresponding to the matter of optimizing diets for farm animals and endangered species, and the way it could actually additionally aid to deal with the epidemic of human weight problems and metabolic disease.

Drawing on a wealth of examples from slime molds to people, The Nature of Nutrition has vital purposes in ecology, evolution, and body structure, and gives promising options for human health and wellbeing, conservation, and agriculture.

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