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About this book
About this book
Overview of the current state of plant systematics, covering topics ranging from morphology to molecules, providing an insight into the biology and evolution of flowering plants as a whole. Covers: plant taxonomy, evolution and classification of flowering plants, pollen, phylogenetic nomenclature, an overview of the plant kingdom from a molecular perspective, and the biological significance of floral odours.
Introduction: Vivi Tackholm memorial papers; Vivi Laurent-Tackholm 1898-1978; Vivi Tackholm, nee Laurent - family perspective; Gunnar Erdtman memorial papers; Gunnar Erdtman - a brief biographical sketch; palynology in perspective; Gunnar Erdtman - continuous defender and innovator of palynology. Systematics today and tomorrow: from morphology to molecules - an exciting time to be a systematist; recent advances in large-scale plant phylogenetic studies; plant systematics at the end of a century; the classification and geography of the angiosperm subclass -monocotyledoneae (liliidae); phylogenetic nomenclature and the new ordinal system for the angiosperms; botanical nomenclature today and tomorrow. Palynology and systematics: current techniques in palynology to systematics; pollen-morphological data I systematics and evolution - past, present and future; a memorable journey from pollen analysis to pollen morphology; orbicules - still a well-hidden secret of the anther; sperm and generative cells in pollen - prospects for systematics. Aspects of Egyptian flora: two linnaean apostles in Egypt - Gasselquist and Forsskal; genetic diversity as a basic components of biodiversity - case studies in Egypt; a taxonomic study of the populations of three common species of the genus orobanche L. (oronbanchaceae) in Egypt; macro- and micromorphology of the seeds and their taxonomic implications; wood charcoal remains in archaeological sites and their contribution to our knowledge of the ancient flora of Egypt. Integration of data from different fields of biology: morphology, distribution and systematic importance of vestures in the Gentianales; plant systematics in the 21st century under social impact - a case study of systematic botany in Japan; fragrance glands (osmophores) in the family oleaceae; floral odours and their biological significance; future of systematic botany - a report from a panel discussion.