261 pages, Illustrations
Palynology is important in basic as well as in manifold applied sciences, as e.g. biology, medicine, forensics, earth history, climatology and food production. This volume is the first fully illustrated handbook of palynological principles and glossary terms, exclusively using LM and EM micrographs of superior quality. A comprehensive General Chapter on pollen morphology, anatomy, pollen development etc. based on the present knowledge in palynology introduces the reader in the world of pollen.
The glossary part comprises more than 300 widely used terms illustrated with over 1.000 high quality light and/or electron microscopic pictures to show the character range of a term. Terms are grouped by feature, e.g. ornamentation, where each term is illustrated on a separate page, definition and original citation included and where necessary, provided with a comprehensive explanatory comment. The term's use in LM, SEM or TEM and its assignment to anatomical, morphological and/or functional pollen features is indicated by icons and colour coding, respectively. This handbook is not only a valuable source for students and researchers but also for all persons interested in pollen and its aesthetic beauty.
The outstanding feature of this book is the superb quality of the illustrations, which are both scientifically and aesthetically pleasing. (...) The new book ... puts considerable emphasis on high-quality EM images; one of their stated aims is to illustrate pollen features in this way. --Carol A. Furness, Micromorphology Section, Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, June 2009.
From the contents: General Chapter ...Scope of the book ...A short history of palynology ...The pollen grain, its development, morphology and anatomy ...Pollen preparation techniques ...Our guide lines concerning palynological terms The Terminology, fully illustrated by light and scanning/transmission electron microscope images: ...General Terms, ...Pollen Units ...Shape and Size ...Apertures ...Ornamentation ...Pollen Wall Structure Glossary Literature
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