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Annual rhythms that underlie phenology: biological time-keeping meets environmental change.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23825201     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Seasonal recurrence of biological processes (phenology) and its relationship to environmental change is recognized as being of key scientific and public concern, but its current study largely overlooks the extent to which phenology is based on biological time-keeping mechanisms. We highlight the relevance of physiological and neurobiological regulation for organisms' responsiveness to environmental conditions. Focusing on avian and mammalian examples, we describe circannual rhythmicity of reproduction, migration and hibernation, and address responses of animals to photic and thermal conditions. Climate change and urbanization are used as urgent examples of anthropogenic influences that put biological timing systems under pressure. We furthermore propose that consideration of Homo sapiens as principally a 'seasonal animal' can inspire new perspectives for understanding medical and psychological problems.
Barbara Helm; Rachel Ben-Shlomo; Michael J Sheriff; Roelof A Hut; Russell Foster; Brian M Barnes; Davide Dominoni
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-07-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  280     ISSN:  1471-2954     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-07-04     Completed Date:  2014-03-03     Revised Date:  2014-08-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20130016     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological
Animal Migration / physiology
Biological Clocks / physiology*
Birds / physiology
Climate Change*
Hibernation / physiology
Reproduction / physiology

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