Cover ImageCover: In the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria, solitarious individuals (left half of image) behave much as common grasshoppers and avoid conspecifics. However, crowding induces dramatic changes in behaviour, physiology and coloration (right half of image) and leads to devastating locust swarms. These changes may persist for several generations even when individuals are kept in isolation, indicating epigenetic inheritance of phase-specific traits. How epigenetics may influence physiology is reviewed by Ernst et al. (pp. 88−99) in this special issue. The right half of the image has been modified to match the coloration of gregarious locusts. Original photo: Tom Fayle; modified by Fabian Ernst.Close Modal
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SPECIAL ISSUE: Epigenetics in Comparative Physiology
EPIGENETICS: SCOPE AND MECHANISMS
Epigenetic mechanisms underlying the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in depression and response to antidepressants
A review of transgenerational epigenetics for RNAi, longevity, germline maintenance and olfactory imprinting in Caenorhabditis elegans
EPIGENETICS IN PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY AND HERITABILITY
Placental contribution to nutritional programming of health and diseases: epigenetics and sexual dimorphism
The developmental origins of chronic physical aggression: biological pathways triggered by early life adversity
EPIGENETICS IN COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY
Environmentally induced (co)variance in sperm and offspring phenotypes as a source of epigenetic effects
New funding schemes for junior faculty staff
In celebration of our 100th anniversary, JEB has launched two new grants to support junior faculty staff working in animal comparative physiology and biomechanics who are within five years of setting up their first lab/research group. Check out our ECR Visiting Fellowships and Research Partnership Kickstart Travel Grants. First deadline for applications is 15 July 2023.
JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Sanjay Sane
Sanjay Sane tells us about his first experience of publishing with the journal and why he thinks JEB is going to play a key role in our understanding of the current climate crisis and its implications for biodiversity.
The Forest of Biologists
The Forest of Biologists is a biodiversity initiative created by The Company of Biologists, with support from the Woodland Trust. For every Research and Review article published in Journal of Experimental Biology a native tree is planted in a UK forest. In addition to this we are protecting and restoring ancient woodland and are dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. Visit our virtual forest to learn more.
Celebrating 100 years of discovery
This Special Issue focuses on broad biological questions addressed through the lens of comparative biomechanics. Crosscutting through time, this series of Reviews, Commentaries and Research Articles addresses questions from the vantage points of the history of the field, today’s research, and the future of comparative biomechanics. Read the Editorial by Sheila Patek, Monica Daley and Sanjay Sane.
Centenary Review - Adaptive echolocation behavior
Cynthia F. Moss and colleagues Review the behaviours used by echolocating mammals to track and intercept moving prey, interrogate dynamic sonar scenes, and exploit visual and passive acoustic stimuli.
Lack of oxygen curtails vision in red-eared sliders
When red-eared sliders sink to the bottom of a frozen pond for winter they reduce many biological systems to minimum life support, but now Michael Ariel and colleagues show that the reptiles temporarily lose their sight due to lack of oxygen but retain hearing.