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July 13, 2015

Evolution of Plant-Pollinator Relationships


What are the evolutionary mechanisms and ecological implications behind a pollinator choosing its favorite flower? Sixty-five million years of evolution has created the complex and integrated system which we see today and understanding the interactions involved is key to environmental sustainability. Examining pollination relationships from an evolutionary perspective, this book covers both botanical and zoological aspects. It addresses the puzzling question of co-speciation and co-evolution and the complexity of the relationships between plant and pollinator, the development of which is examined through the fossil record. Additional chapters are dedicated to the evolution of floral displays and signalling, as well as their role in pollination syndromes and the building of pollination networks. Wide-ranging in its coverage, it outlines current knowledge and complex emerging topics, demonstrating how advances in research methods are applied to pollination biology.

Editor: Sébastien Patiny
Series: Systematics Association Special Volume Series
Hardcover: 514 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521198925
ISBN-13: 978-0521198929
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