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Early Events in Monocot Evolution

The first detailed modern account of the early evolution of the monocots, a plant group of major ecological, economic and horticultural importance which includes grasses, cereals, palms, orchids and yams
Leading scientists in the field provide up-to-date reviews, showing readers how iconic plants like orchids, lilies and palms originated from largely aquatic ancestors
Includes the first survey of early monocot fossils and the new insights they yield on the evolution of flowering plants, providing an accessible account of the latest advances in this rapidly developing field

Series: Systematics Association Special Volumes Series Volume: 83

By: Paul Wilkin (Editor), Simon J Mayo (Editor)

361 pages, 88 b/w photos and illustrations, 40 colour illustrations, 9 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | May 2013 | #202444 | ISBN-13: 9781107012769
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About this book

Tracing the evolution of one of the most ancient major branches of flowering plants, this is a wide-ranging survey of state-of-the-art research on the early clades of the monocot phylogenetic tree. It explores a series of broad but linked themes, providing for the first time a detailed and coherent view of the taxa of the early monocot lineages, how they diversified and their importance in monocots as a whole. Featuring contributions from leaders in the field, the chapters trace the evolution of the monocots from largely aquatic ancestors. Topics covered include the rapidly advancing field of monocot fossils, aquatic adaptations in pollen and anther structure and pollination strategies and floral developmental morphology. Early Events in Monocot Evolution also presents a new plastid sequence analysis of early monocots and a review of monocot phylogeny as a whole, placing in an evolutionary context a plant group of major ecological, economic and horticultural importance.


Contents

List of contributors
Preface

1. A well-supported phylogenetic framework for the monocot order Alismatales reveals multiple losses of the plastid NADH dehydrogenase complex and a strong long-branch effect W. J. D. Iles, S. Y. Smith and S. W. Graham
2. The fossil record of non-commelinid monocots S. Y. Smith
3. Is syncarpy an ancestral condition in monocots and core eudicots? D. D. Sokoloff, M. V. Remizowa and P. J. Rudall
4. Diversification of pollen and tapetum in early-divergent monocots C. A. Furness
5. Macroecological correlates of global monocot species richness F. A. Jones, B. Sobkowiak, C. D. L. Orme, R. Govaerts and V. Savolainen
6. In time and with water... the systematics of alismatid monocotyledons D. H. Les and N. P. Tippery
7. Evolution of floral traits in relation to pollination mechanisms in Hydrocharitaceae N. Tanaka, K. Uehara and J. Murata
8. Patterns of bract reduction in racemose inflorescences of early-divergent monocots M. V. Remizowa, D. D. Sokoloff and P. J. Rudall
9. Recent progress in the phylogenetics and classification of the Araceae S. J. Mayo, J. Bogner and N. Cusimano
10. The first evolutionary classification of the Araceae: A. Engler's natural system S. J. Mayo and J. Bogner
11. Aroid floral morphogenesis in relation to phylogeny D. Baraba
12. Some observations on the homology of the daffodil corona R. W. Scotland
13. Anther, ovule and embryological characters in Velloziaceae in relation to the systematics of Pandanales M. G. Sajo, R. Mello-Silva and P. J. Rudall
14. Contrasting patterns of support among plastid genes and genomes for major clades of the Monocotyledons J. I. Davis, J. R. McNeal, C. F. Barrett, M. W. Chase, J. I. Cohen, M. R. Duvall, T. J. Givnish, S. W. Graham, G. Petersen, J. C. Pires, O. Seberg, D. W. M. Stevenson and J. Leebens-Mack

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