Pollination Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125839808, 9780323154512

Pollination Biology

1st Edition

Editors: Leslie Real
eBook ISBN: 9780323154512
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1983
Page Count: 356
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Pollination Biology reviews the state of knowledge in the field of pollination biology. The book begins by tracing the historical trends in pollination research and the development of the two styles of pollination biology. This is followed by separate chapters on the evolution of the angiosperms; the evolution of plant-breeding systems; the geographical correlations between breeding habit, climate, and mode of pollen transfer; and sexual selection in plants. Subsequent chapters examine the process of sexual selection through gametic competition in Geranium maculatum; the effects of different gene movement patterns on plant population structure; the foraging behavior of pollinators; adaptive nature of floral traits; and competitive interactions among flowering plants for pollinators.
The book is designed to provide useful material for advanced undergraduate and graduate students wishing to familiarize themselves with modern pollination biology and also to provide new insights into specific problems for those already engaged in pollination research. The book is intended to be used for both teaching and research.

Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 An Outline of the History of Anthecology, or Pollination Biology

I. Origins of Pollination Biology

II. The Old Testament of Anthecology

III. The New Testament of Anthecology

IV. Special Topics


Chapter 3 The Role of Insect Pollination in the Evolution of the Angiosperms

I. The Origin of Insect Pollination

II. Selective Pressure Imposed by Insect Pollination

III. The Angiospermae

IV. Summary and Conclusion


Chapter 4 Pollinator-Plant Interactions and the Evolution of Breeding Systems

I. Introduction and Review

II. Current Research

III. Summary


Chapter 5 Wind Pollination: Some Ecological and Evolutionary Perspectives

I. Introduction

II. General Considerations

III. Aerodynamic Considerations

IV. Geographic Aspects of Wind Pollination

V. Summary


Chapter 6 Male Competition, Female Choice, and Sexual Selection in Plants

I. Introduction

II. Male Competition

III. Female Choice

IV. Discussion

V. Conclusion


Chapter 7 Models of Pollen Tube Competition in Geranium maculatum

I. The Model of Pollen Tube Competition

II. Program Outline

III. General Effects of Changing Single Floral Variables

IV. Effects of Changing Two and Three Floral Variables

V. Additional Variables

VI. The Model and Reality


Chapter 8 Pollination Ecology, Plant Population Structure, and Gene Flow

I. Pollination Dynamics in Plant Populations

II. The Measurement of Pollen Flow

III. The Effects of Population Geometry

IV. Internal Structure of the Population

V. Summary: "The Pollination Milieu"


Chapter 9 Foraging Behavior of Pollinators

I. Introduction

II. A Model for Studying Foraging Behavior

III. Sensory Information

IV. Sensory Integration, Learning, and Memory

V. The Cost-Benefit Approach

VI. Pollinator Foraging Behavior


Chapter 10 The Adaptive Nature of Floral Traits: Ideas and Evidence

I. Introduction

II. What Species Visit a Plant, and Where Do They Come From?

III. How Do Flower Visitors Behave Once at the Plant?

IV. What Do Flower Visitors Do after Leaving the Plant?

V. Conclusions


Chapter 11 Microbehavior and Macrostructure in Pollinator-Plant Interactions

I. Microbehavior and Macrostructure

II. A Sequential Foraging Model

III. Habitat Selection and Flowering Time

IV. Flowering Time Convergence and Divergence


Chapter 12 Competition and Facilitation among Plants for Pollination

I. Introduction

II. Competitive and Facultative Interactions: Definitions

III. Interactions for Pollination: Models

IV. Ecological and Evolutionary Evidence for Interactions

V. Conclusions




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Leslie Real

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