Cognitive Ecology of Pollination: Animal Behaviour and Floral Evolution

Cognitive Ecology of Pollination: Animal Behaviour and Floral Evolution

by Lars Chittka, James D. Thomson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521018404

ISBN-13: 9780521018401

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Important breakthroughs have recently been made in our understanding of the cognitive and sensory abilities of pollinators, such as how pollinators perceive, memorize, and react to floral signals and rewards; how they work flowers, move among inflorescences, and transport pollen. These new findings have obvious implications for the evolution of floral display and…  See more details below

Overview

Important breakthroughs have recently been made in our understanding of the cognitive and sensory abilities of pollinators, such as how pollinators perceive, memorize, and react to floral signals and rewards; how they work flowers, move among inflorescences, and transport pollen. These new findings have obvious implications for the evolution of floral display and diversity, but most existing publications are scattered across a wide range of journals in very different research traditions. This book brings together outstanding scholars from many different fields of pollination biology, integrating the work of neuroethologists and evolutionary ecologists to present a multidisciplinary approach.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521018401
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
1The effect of variation among floral traits on the flower constancy of pollinators1
2Behavioral and neural mechanisms of learning and memory as determinants of flower constancy21
3Subjective evaluation and choice behavior by nectar- and pollen-collecting bees41
4Honeybee vision and floral displays: from detection to close-up recognition61
5Floral scent, olfaction, and scent-driven foraging behavior83
6Adaptation, constraint, and chance in the evolution of flower color and pollinator color vision106
7Foraging and spatial learning in hummingbirds127
8Bats as pollinators: foraging energetics and floral adaptations148
9Vision and learning in some neglected pollinators: beetles, flies, moths, and butterflies171
10Pollinator individuality: when does it matter?191
11Effects of predation risk on pollinators and plants214
12Pollinator preference, frequency dependence, and floral evolution237
13Pollinator-mediated assortative mating: causes and consequences259
14Behavioural responses of pollinators to variation in floral display size and their influences on the evolution of floral traits274
15The effects of floral design and display on pollinator economics and pollen dispersal297
16Pollinator behavior and plant speciation: looking beyond the "ethological isolation" paradigm318
Index337

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