Plant Variation 2ed

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Natural populations of plants show intricate patterns of variation. European botanists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries used this variation to classify different "kinds" into a hierachy of family, genus, and species. Although useful, these classifications were based on a belief in the fixity of species and the static patterns of variation. Darwin's theory of evolution changed this view;
populations and species varied in time and space and were part of a continuing ...
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Overview

Natural populations of plants show intricate patterns of variation. European botanists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries used this variation to classify different "kinds" into a hierachy of family, genus, and species. Although useful, these classifications were based on a belief in the fixity of species and the static patterns of variation. Darwin's theory of evolution changed this view;
populations and species varied in time and space and were part of a continuing process of evolution. The development of molecular techniques has transformed our understanding of microevolution and the evolutionary history of the flowering plants. This revised, extended edition describes the historical background to plant variation studies and considers the remarkable insights that molecular biology has recently given into the processes of evolution in populations of cultivated, wild and weedy species;
the threats of extinction faced by many endangered species and the wider evolutionary history of the flowering plants as revealed by cladistic methods.
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This edition (previous, 1984; reprints, with corrections, 1986, 1988, 1990) reviews recent progress in molecular techniques which are transforming our understanding of microevolution and the evolutionary history of flowering plants. This progress is addressed in historical context, showing how hypotheses and models developed in the past have been critically tested. Also considered are the insights that molecular biology offers into the processes of evolution in populations of cultivated, wild, and weedy species, the threats of extinction faced by many endangered species, and the wider evolutionary history of the flowering plants as revealed by cladistic methods. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521257060
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1984
  • Edition description: 2nd ed
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Acknowledgements
Note on names of plants
1 Looking at variation
2 From Ray to Darwin
3 Early work on biometry
4 Early work on the basis of individual variation
5 Post-Darwinian ideas about evolution
6 Modern views on the basis of variation
7 Breeding systems
8 Infraspecific variation and the ecotype concept
9 Recent advances in genecology
10 Species and speciation
11 Gradual speciation and hybridisation
12 Abrupt speciation
13 The species concept
14 Evolution: some general considerations
15 Conservation: confronting the extinction of species
Glossary
References
Index
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