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Animal Osmoregulation

Timothy J. Bradley


Water is fundamental to life and to the maintenance of an appropriate environment for physiological functions at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level. Water balance is also the principal mechanism of volume regulation in animals. The physical properties of water have profound effects on all biological structures and their function. Animal Osmoregulation has three main themes. The first deals with the physical properties of water, and its interactions with proteins, lipids, and biological membranes. Solutes affect the activity of water and thus the magnitude of the gradients driving wa ... More

Keywords: water, osmosis, solutes, membranes, marine, terrestrial, freshwater, osmotic regulation, ion transport

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780198569961
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569961.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy J. Bradley, author
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, USA