1062-3604/01/3206- $25.00 © 2001
Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, Vol. 32, No. 6, 2001, p. 335. Translated from Ontogenez, Vol. 32, No. 6, 2001, p. 403.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 2001 by Zakharov.
Papers presented at the IV National Population
Workshop “Ontogenesis and Population” held in Mos-
cow May 18–19, 2001, at the Kol’tsov Institute of
Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of Sci-
ences, are published in this issue. As follows from the
title of the workshop, its goal was to unite the popula-
tion and ontogenetic trends of research, which have tra-
ditionally been separate ﬁelds of study.
The estimation of developmental homeostasis in
natural populations is a promising direction in popula-
tion-ontogenetic investigations. This direction proves
to be useful in the solution of some basic problems of
population biology (paper by V.M. Zakharov
this issue). The monitoring of populations of various
plants and animals is also based on the estimation of
developmental homeostasis, which proved to be effec-
tive both in nature and under the anthropogenic inﬂu-
ence. For such estimations, morphological, cytoge-
netic, and physiological indices, which undergo coordi-
nated changes, can be used (E.G. Chistyakova and
N.G. Kryzheva; L.V. Sherzhukova
.*; A.K. Butoi-
rina and E.V. Kormilitsyna; A.T. Chubinishvili;
P.D. Vengerov; S.G. Dmitriev and V.M. Zakharov).
Estimation of the morphological polyvariance of onto-
genesis allows a better understanding of the population
structure and its dynamics with respect to ecological
conditions (L.A. Zhukova and N.V. Glotov;
.*). The use of data on genetic con-
trol of morphogenesis makes it possible to feature the
pathways of morphological evolution (T.A. Ezhova and
O.A. Sklyarova). Analysis of multidimensional ontoge-
netic channels opens new possibilities for understand-
ing the mechanisms of appearance of the intra- and
interspeciﬁc morphological diversity (M.V. Mina).
Extremely important information about the history of
life of an individual can be obtained through analysis of
recording structures (G.A. Klevezal).
Thus, the papers published in this issue represent the
current state of population-ontogenetic studies, its suc-
cesses and problems, and the perspective of its use in
both theoretical investigations on the ﬁeld of popula-
tion and evolutionary biology and in the monitoring of
the environment. It is hoped that this direction will be
of interest for developmental biologists and that further
studies in this area will initiate new population studies.
We would like to thank most sincerely all those who
helped us in preparing this issue of the journal:
N.V. Glotov for his idea of organizing a series of popu-
lation workshops, S.G. Vassetzky and Editorial Board
of the journal for publication of the workshop materials
in this issue, N.P. Zhdanova, M.S. Checheta, and
reviewers for preparation of manuscripts, and W. Alton
Jones Foundation, for support of the workshop and of
the publication of its materials.
NATIONAL POPULATION WORKSHOP:
“ONTOGENESIS AND POPULATION”
IV National Population Workshop:
“Ontogenesis and Population” (Moscow, May 18–19, 2001)
V. M. Zakharov
Kol’tsov Institute of Developmental Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Vavilova 26, Moscow, 119991 Russia
*This paper will be published in the next issue of the Russian Jour-
nal of Developmental Biology.