Floral Biology: Studies on Floral Evolution in Animal-Pollinated Plants

Floral Biology: Studies on Floral Evolution in Animal-Pollinated Plants

by David G. Lloyd, Spencer Barrett
     
 

This volume highlights the new synthesis of pollination biology and plant mating systems which is rejuvenating the two-hundred-year-old discipline of floral biology. It provides a current examination of the evolution and functional significance of floral traits in animal-pollinated plants, combining ecological and genetic studies with natural history approaches and… See more details below

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This volume highlights the new synthesis of pollination biology and plant mating systems which is rejuvenating the two-hundred-year-old discipline of floral biology. It provides a current examination of the evolution and functional significance of floral traits in animal-pollinated plants, combining ecological and genetic studies with natural history approaches and theoretical modeling. Divided into three sections, the book begins with the first English translation of Christian Konrad. Sprengel's introduction to his classic work and a historical analysis of his observations. The second section addresses current conceptual problems in floral biology, concentrating on floral diversification, floral longevity, pollen dispersal and mating patterns, the ecology of geitonogamous pollination, and flower size dimorphism in plants with unisexual flowers. The final chapters of the book examine model systems and include the evolution of floral morphology and function, deceit pollination, reproductive success and gender variation, stylar polymorphisms, and the evolution of flowers in relation to insect pollinators on islands. With its a detailed treatment of the selective forces shaping floral diversification in animal-pollinated plants, Floral Biology provides ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and botanists with a wealth of current information. Everyone interested in the evolution of flowering plants will benefit from this timely, authoritative resource on the interactions between insects and plants.

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The acquisition of data on pollination biology dates back to the work of Sprengel. This book was conceived in his honour: some of his work is reprinted as the first chapter, and reviewed in historical context in the second. - Trends in Plant Sciences; The acquisition of data on pollination biology dates back to the work of Sprengel. This book was conceived in his honour: some of his work is reprinted as the first chapter, and reviewed in historical context in the second. - Trends in Plant Sciences
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Divided into three sections, the volume begins with a translation of Christian Konrad Sprengel's introduction to Discovery of the Secret Nature of Flowers in the Structure and Fertilization of Flowers (published 1793) with historical analysis of his observations. The second section addresses current conceptual problems in floral biology, concentrating on floral diversification, floral longevity, pollen dispersal and mating patterns, the ecology of geitonogamous pollination, and flower size dimorphism in plants with unisexual flowers. The final chapters examine model systems and include the evolution of floral morphology and function, deceit pollination, reproductive success and gender variation, stylar polymorphisms, and the evolution of flowers in relation to insect pollinators on islands. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461284949
Publisher:
Springer US
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Edition description:
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1996
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.87(d)

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