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Which fungus is as sensitive to light as the human eye? What are the myths and facts about the ozone hole, tanning, skin cancer, and sunscreens? What is the effect of light on butterfly copulation? This entertaining collection of essays explores how various organisms — including archaebacteria, slime molds, fungi, plants, insects, and humans — sense and respond to sunlight.<P>The essays in Peter A. Ensminger's book cover vision, photosynthesis, and phototropism, as well as such unusual topics as the reason why light causes beer to develop a "skunky" odor. He introducec us to the kinds of eyes that have evolved in different animals, including those in a species of shrimp that is ostensibly eyeless; gives us a better appreciation of color vision; explains how plowing fields at night may be used to control weeds; and tells about variegate porphyria, a metabolic disease that makes people very sensitive to sunlight and may have afflicted King George III of England.<P>These engaging essays present a complicated yet fascinating subject in an accessible way. The book will be treasured by anyone interested in the wonders of biology.

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ISBN:
9780300088045
Author:
Ensminger, Peter A.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Ensminger, Peter A.
Location:
New Haven Conn.
Subject:
Biology
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Light
Subject:
Photobiology
Subject:
Vision
Subject:
Photoreceptors.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Subject:
Science Reference-Essays
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
[72]
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
276
Dimensions:
8.60x5.80x.98 in. 1.01 lbs.

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