Journal of Experimental Biology is the leading primary research journal in comparative physiology and publishes papers on the form and function of living organisms at all levels of biological organisation, from the molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole animal.
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In the field: an interview with Harald Wolf
Harald Wolf talks about his fieldwork experiences working with desert ants in Tunisia to understand their navigation.
Find out more about the series in our Editorial and see below for more interviews.
When the temperature drops during winter, fish become dormant but instead of deliberately reducing their metabolism they slow down simply because they get cold, and some - such as pumpkinseed sunfish and mummichogs - never become fully dormant, merely lethargic. See the paper by Connor Reeve, Lauren E. Rowsey & Ben Speers-Roesch.
Reviews and Commentaries
Evolution of plasticity: metabolic compensation for fluctuating energy demands at the origin of life by Frank Seebacher & Julian Beaman
Biological constraints on configural odour mixture perception by Gérard Coureaud, Thierry Thomas-Danguin, Jean-Christophe Sandoz & Donald A. Wilson
A perspective on insect water balance by Michael J. O'Donnell
Venom production and secretion in reptiles by Stephen P. Mackessy