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

Edited By: DG Lloyd and SCH Barrett

410 pages, Figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 1995 | #33133 | ISBN: 0412043416
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About this book

Arises from the commemorative symposium on floral biology held at the IBC in Yokohama, 1993. The volume begins with the first English translation of CK Sprengel's 1793 introduction to his pioneering work, and follows with chapters on the recent great upsurge of interest in plant reproduction.

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


Contents

Translation of the introduction to Sprengel's book. C.K. Sprengel's theory of the flower: the cradle of floral ecology. Adaptive and non-adaptive evolution of floral features in Dalechampia (Euphorbiaceae): conflicts between pollination ecology and sexual selection. Floral variation, pollen dispersal and mating patterns in plant populations. Flower sex dimorphism in separate-sexed plants. Floral evolution in the Alpine Skypilot ( (Polemonium viscosum). Floral features and plant adaptation to insect pollinators: a devil's advocate approach. The evolution of Campanula flowers in relation to pollinating insects. Ecological events in the evolution of the angiosperm flower. Pollinator and plant - an asymmetric relationship. Ecology and evolution of deceit pollination in Neotropical Begonia species. Floral longevity and resource allocation to floral construction and maintenance. Pollination intensity and seed set within fruits of animal-pollinated angiosperms. Floral advertisement and selection through male function: cautionary notes.

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