Pollen and Pollination / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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- Springer Vienna
The 16 papers in this volume consider the functional ecology of pollen in relation to its structure and constituents as a framework towards a better understanding of evolutionary processes that shape pollinatio n biology. They can be roughly classified into three main topics: poll en structure and constituents, pollen evolutionary ecology, and the po llen-pollinator interface. Floral rewards, such as pollen and nectar, are only one aspect of the multidimensional pollination kaleidoscope. Other aspects include the various mechanisms in distributing or collec ting pollen, the question of pollen longevity, or the convergence of e volution in angiosperm pollination.
Table of ContentsPollen Wall Stratification and Pollination.- From Anther and Pollen Ripening to Pollen Presentation.- Cytochemistry of Mature Angiosperm Pollen.- The Ecology and Evolution of Pollen Odors.- The Ecology and Evolution of Visual Pollen Signals.- Pollen Viability and Longevity: Practical, Ecological and Evolutionary Implications.- The Role of Electrostatic Forces in Pollination.- Pollen Grains: Why So Many?.- Abiotic Pollen and Pollination: Ecological, Functional, and Evolutionary Perspectives.- Pollen Nutritional Content and Digestibility for Animals.- The Collection of Pollen by Bees.- Pollen Morphological Evolution in Bat Pollinated Plants.- The Structure and Function of Orchid Pollinaria.- Deceptive Orchids with Meliponini as Pollinators.- Thread-Forming Structures in Angiosperm Anthers: Their Diverse Role in Pollination Ecology.- Convergent Evolution and Adaptive Radiation of Beetle-Pollinated Angiosperms.