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The Physiology of Development: Integrating Organ Systems, Cells, and Genes

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A central theme of organismal physiology is to understand how body systems work and to discover how these systems evolve to enable plants and animals to cope with environmental variability. Organ systems react to environmental factors to maintain ‘normal’ working conditions. Such homeostatic mechanisms occur during development and adult life and allow organisms to adapt to the environment in sometimes extraordinary ways. Different physiological strategies have evolved in plants and animals to cope with variable environmental factors such as temperature, osmolarity, oxygen availability and nutrition.

Our goal in this Research Topic is to bring together researchers at the interface of developmental biology, physiology, and evolution to contribute to an integrative understanding of how physiological processes and organ systems have evolved in plants in animals. We aim to explore how organ systems working during different life-history stages (embryonic and postembryonic development, adult life) have evolved to facilitate adaptation to various environments.

We are interested in manuscripts using a diversity of model and non-model organisms studying homeostatic mechanisms among organs to regulate adult physiology, neuroendocrine regulation in response to environmental factors, the developmental regulation of life-history trajectories, as well as the evolution of each of these phenomena. Studies may take a physiological, molecular, phenotypic, evolutionary or genetic perspective. We welcome a range of contributions (including original research articles, reviews, perspectives, and hypothesis pieces) on themes including but not limited to:

• Physiological adaptation to environmental extremes
• New or emerging model systems to study organismal physiology
• Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying organ system dynamics
• Diversification of physiological coping mechanisms
• Organ systems controlling development and life history progression


Keywords: physiology, life history, eco-evo-devo, development, evolution


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

A central theme of organismal physiology is to understand how body systems work and to discover how these systems evolve to enable plants and animals to cope with environmental variability. Organ systems react to environmental factors to maintain ‘normal’ working conditions. Such homeostatic mechanisms occur during development and adult life and allow organisms to adapt to the environment in sometimes extraordinary ways. Different physiological strategies have evolved in plants and animals to cope with variable environmental factors such as temperature, osmolarity, oxygen availability and nutrition.

Our goal in this Research Topic is to bring together researchers at the interface of developmental biology, physiology, and evolution to contribute to an integrative understanding of how physiological processes and organ systems have evolved in plants in animals. We aim to explore how organ systems working during different life-history stages (embryonic and postembryonic development, adult life) have evolved to facilitate adaptation to various environments.

We are interested in manuscripts using a diversity of model and non-model organisms studying homeostatic mechanisms among organs to regulate adult physiology, neuroendocrine regulation in response to environmental factors, the developmental regulation of life-history trajectories, as well as the evolution of each of these phenomena. Studies may take a physiological, molecular, phenotypic, evolutionary or genetic perspective. We welcome a range of contributions (including original research articles, reviews, perspectives, and hypothesis pieces) on themes including but not limited to:

• Physiological adaptation to environmental extremes
• New or emerging model systems to study organismal physiology
• Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying organ system dynamics
• Diversification of physiological coping mechanisms
• Organ systems controlling development and life history progression


Keywords: physiology, life history, eco-evo-devo, development, evolution


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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