Pollination and Floral Ecology

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Overview

Pollination and Floral Ecology is the most comprehensive single-volume reference to all aspects of pollination biology—and the first fully up-to-date resource of its kind to appear in decades. This beautifully illustrated book describes how flowers use colors, shapes, and scents to advertise themselves; how they offer pollen and nectar as rewards; and how they share complex interactions with beetles, birds, bats, bees, and other creatures. The ecology of these interactions is covered in depth, including the timing and patterning of flowering, competition among flowering plants to attract certain visitors and deter others, and the many ways plants and animals can cheat each other.

Pollination and Floral Ecology pays special attention to the prevalence of specialization and generalization in animal-flower interactions, and examines how a lack of distinction between casual visitors and true pollinators can produce misleading conclusions about flower evolution and animal-flower mutualism. This one-of-a-kind reference also gives insights into the vital pollination services that animals provide to crops and native flora, and sets these issues in the context of today's global pollination crisis.

  • Provides the most up-to-date resource on pollination and floral ecology
  • Describes flower advertising features and rewards, foraging and learning by flower-visiting animals, behaviors of generalist and specialist pollinators—and more
  • Examines the ecology and evolution of animal-flower interactions, from the molecular to macroevolutionary scale
  • Features hundreds of color and black-and-white illustrations
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
In this accessibly written reference, Willmer provides a thorough, up-to-date review of floral biology and pollination. . . . This book is comprehensive and well written, combining informative text and many helpful in-text figures and tables with 39 beautiful color plates. Additionally, the book contains a complete reference section and a useful glossary, which increases the utility of this resource for students or practitioners of pollination ecology.
Quarterly Review of Biology
[Pollination and Floral Ecology] is a big book that I unhesitatingly consider a 'must-have' reference for anyone working in this field or thinking about entering it. . . . For now, there is nothing like it.
— James D. Thomson
Plant Science Bulletin
[T]he book should largely be used as a reference book, which, again, can be used by those with any level of experience. It is inexpensive relative to the amount of material covered. I commend Willmer for the presumably massive undertaking of the compiling of this vast subject into this relatively small volume. Like other reference books, the material will not become obsolete for many years, and it should be the companion of any pollination ecologist entering the field.
Quarterly Review of Biology - James D. Thomson
[Pollination and Floral Ecology] is a big book that I unhesitatingly consider a 'must-have' reference for anyone working in this field or thinking about entering it. . . . For now, there is nothing like it.
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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011

"In this accessibly written reference, Willmer provides a thorough, up-to-date review of floral biology and pollination. . . . This book is comprehensive and well written, combining informative text and many helpful in-text figures and tables with 39 beautiful color plates. Additionally, the book contains a complete reference section and a useful glossary, which increases the utility of this resource for students or practitioners of pollination ecology."Choice

"[Pollination and Floral Ecology] is a big book that I unhesitatingly consider a 'must-have' reference for anyone working in this field or thinking about entering it. . . . For now, there is nothing like it."—James D. Thomson, Quarterly Review of Biology

"[T]he book should largely be used as a reference book, which, again, can be used by those with any level of experience. It is inexpensive relative to the amount of material covered. I commend Willmer for the presumably massive undertaking of the compiling of this vast subject into this relatively small volume. Like other reference books, the material will not become obsolete for many years, and it should be the companion of any pollination ecologist entering the field."Plant Science Bulletin

"Pollination and Floral Ecology is the most comprehensive single-volume reference to all aspects of pollination biology and the first fully up-to-date resource of its kind to appear in decades."World Book Industry

"In Pollination and Floral Ecology Wilmer has certainly achieved her aim, and has provided us with a comprehensive, easy to read summary of the subject, providing somewhat of a one-stop shop for background information on pollination ecology. This book should be recommended as essential reading for any postgraduate or undergraduate working anywhere within the realm of pollination ecology, and will also be an indispensable reference tool for established pollination researchers and ecosystem managers around the world."—Tobias Smith, Austral Ecology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691128610
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 828
  • Sales rank: 911,619
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Willmer is professor of zoology at the University of St. Andrews. She has published extensively on pollination biology in leading scientific journals. Her books include "Environmental Physiology of Animals".

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix

Part I: Essentials of Flower Design and Function
Chapter 1 Why Pollination Is Interesting 3
Chapter 2 Floral Design and Function 11
Chapter 3 Pollination, Mating, and Reproduction in Plants 55
Chapter 4 Evolution of Flowers, Pollination, and Plant Diversity 88

Part II Floral Advertisements and Floral Rewards
Chapter 5 Advertisements 1: Visual Signals and Floral Color 105
Chapter 6 Advertisements 2: Olfactory Signals 134
Chapter 7 Rewards 1: The Biology of Pollen 154
Chapter 8 Rewards 2: The Biology of Nectar 190
Chapter 9 Other Floral Rewards 221
Chapter 10 Rewards and Costs: The Environmental Economics of Pollination 234

Part III Pollination Syndromes?
Chapter 11 Types of Flower Visitors: Syndromes, Constancy, and Effectiveness 261
Chapter 12 Generalist Flowers and Generalist Visitors 288
Chapter 13 Pollination by Flies 304
Chapter 14 Pollination by Butterflies and Moths 322
Chapter 15 Pollination by Birds 337
Chapter 16 Pollination by Bats 356
Chapter 17 Pollination by Nonflying Vertebrates and Other Oddities 370
Chapter 18 Pollination by Bees 378
Chapter 19 Wind and Water: Abiotic Pollination 418
Chapter 20 Syndromes and Webs: Specialists and Generalists 434

Part IV Floral Ecology
Chapter 21 The Timing and Patterning of Flowering 483
Chapter 22 Living with Other Flowers: Competition and Pollination Ecology 503
Chapter 23 Cheating by Flowers: Cheating the Visitors and Cheating Other Flowers 524
Chapter 24 Flower Visitors as Cheats and the Plants’ Responses 542
Chapter 25 The Interactions of Pollination and Herbivory 554
Chapter 26 Pollination Using Florivores: From Brood Site Mutualism to Active Pollination 565
Chapter 27 Pollination in Different Habitats 575
Chapter 28 The Pollination of Crops 605
Chapter 29 The Global Pollination Crisis 620

Appendix 639
Glossary 643
References 663
Subject Index 751
Index of Animal Genera 768
Index of Plant Genera 771

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