Natural History of Pollination

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This is a brand new, fully updated edition of the natural history classic first published in 1973 as The Pollination of Flowers. The importance of insects in pollinating flowers is today so well known it is easy to forget that it was discovered little more than two centuries ago: before that, it was believed that the concern of bees with flowers was simply a matter of collecting honey. But the methods by which pollen reaches the female flower, enabling fertilisation and seed production to take place, include some...
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The Natural History of Pollination (Collins New Naturalist Library, Book 83)

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This is a brand new, fully updated edition of the natural history classic first published in 1973 as The Pollination of Flowers. The importance of insects in pollinating flowers is today so well known it is easy to forget that it was discovered little more than two centuries ago: before that, it was believed that the concern of bees with flowers was simply a matter of collecting honey. But the methods by which pollen reaches the female flower, enabling fertilisation and seed production to take place, include some of the most varied and fascinating mechanisms in the natural world. The Natural History of Pollination describes all the ways in which pollination is brought about: by wind, water, birds, bats and even mice and rats; but principally by a great diversity of insects in an amazing range of ways, some simple, some bizarre. This book is a unique introduction to a complex yet easily accessible subject of great fascination.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780881923537
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 487
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates 6
Editors' Preface 8
Authors' Foreword 9
1 The Study of Pollination: a Short History 12
2 Flowers, Pollination and Fertilisation 24
3 The Insect Visitors I: Beetles, Flies and Some Others 49
4 The Insect Visitors II: Butterflies and Moths 80
5 The Insect Visitors III: Bees and their Relatives 98
6 The Diversity of Insect-Pollinated Flowers 143
7 The Pollination of Orchids 187
8 Birds, Bats and Other Vertebrates 225
9 Pollination by Wind and Water 265
10 Deception and Diptera: 'Sapromyiophily' 294
11 A Home as a Reward: Brood-site Pollination 311
12 Breeding Systems: How Important is Cross-Pollination? 321
13 Plant Breeding and Crop Production: The Un-natural History of Pollination 350
14 Pollination through Geological Time 365
15 Pollination, Community and Environment 384
16 Flowers, Genes and Plant Populations 412
References 426
Index 463
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