Free radicals – an evolutionary perspective

Monaghan, P. and Costantini, D. (2014) Free radicals – an evolutionary perspective. In: Laher, I. (ed.) Systems Biology of Free Radicals and Antioxidants. Springer: Berlin, pp. 39-64. ISBN 9783642300172 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-30018-9_25)

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This chapter provides an evolutionary perspective on free radical biology. We first explain the concept of life history trade-offs and discuss how the need to manage oxidative stress in an optimal way may be an important mechanism driving the outcome of many of these trade-offs. We examine the different solutions that organisms have evolved to combat the damaging consequences of oxidative stress. We then examine the ways in which balancing investment in such defenses against the consequences of sustaining damage has influenced life history traits such in the context of growth, foraging, diet and activity patterns, sexual signaling, reproduction, and defense against infection.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Costantini, Dr David and Monaghan, Professor Pat
Authors: Monaghan, P., and Costantini, D.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine

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