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Floral biology : studies on floral evolution in animal-pollinated plants / ed. David G. Lloyd, Spencer C. H. Barrett

Secondary Author Lloyd, David G.
Barrett, Spencer Charles Hilton
Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Chapman & Hall, cop. 1996 Description XIV, 410 p. : il. ; 24 cm ISBN 0-412-04341-6 CDU 581.46 581.162.3
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Studies in floral biology are largely concerned with how flowers function to promote pollination and mating. The role of pollination in governing mating patterns in plant populations inextricably links the evolution of pollination and mating systems. Despite the close functional link between pollination and mating, research conducted for most of this century on these two fundamental aspects of plant reproduction has taken quite separate courses. This has resulted in suprisingly little cross-fertilization between the fields of pollination biology on the one hand and plant mating-system studies on the other. The separation of the two areas has largely resulted from the different backgrounds and approaches adopted by workers in these fields. Most pollination studies have been ecological in nature with a strong emphasis on field research and until recently few workers considered how the mechanics of pollen dispersal might influence mating patterns and individual plant fitness. In contrast, work on plant mating patterns has often been conducted in an ecological vacuum largely devoid of information on the environmental and demographic context in which mating occurs. Mating-system research has been dominated by population genetic and theoretical perspectives with surprisingly little consideration given to the proximate ecological factors responsible for causing a particular pattern of mating to occur.

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This collection of papers, by some of the best scientists in this area of biology, is divided into three major areas: historical perspective, conceptual issues, and model systems. The historical section contains a new translation of the introduction to C.K. Sprengel's The Secret of Nature in the Form and Fertilization of Flowers Discovered. A reading of this 18th-century work should be a humbling experience for students, i.e., all good work has not taken place in the past few years. The next two sections (conceptual issues and model systems) are collections of very well conceived, executed, and presented research. These papers address most of the important and cutting-edge issues in floral biology today. A standard reference in floral biology, for every science library. Professionals, graduate students, and upper-division undergraduates. M. S. Zavada Providence College

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