Reproductive Biology and Taxonomy of Vascular Plants

Reproductive Biology and Taxonomy of Vascular Plants

The Report of the Conference Held by the Botanical Society of the British Isles at Birmingham University in 1965

1st Edition - January 1, 1966

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  • Editor: J. G. Hawkes
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483223971

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Reproductive Biology and Taxonomy of Vascular Plants is a collection of papers presented at the Conference on Reproductive Biology and Taxonomy of Vascular Plants, held at the Department of Botany, University of Birmingham on April 23-25, 1965. The conference primarily explores the reproductive biology of flowering plants and ferns to arrive at a better understanding of variation patterns and modes of evolution. This book is divided into six chapters and begins with a discussion on the breeding systems, variation and adaptation. The next chapters survey the practical implications of knowledge of breeding systems and other aspects of the reproductive biology of flowering plants, as well as the pollination mechanisms in orchids and the evolution of this family in relation to insect evolution. These chapters include an account of the foraging behavior of honey bees and its importance to the botanist in delineating the behavior of the insects that pollinate the plants. Other chapters deal with the mechanisms of plant dispersal and establishment, the aspects of seed dormancy, and germination and reproductive capacity related to evolutionary processes. The concluding chapters explore the many aspects of apomixis in its wider sense and survey how the variation patterns of apomicts were due to this special mode of reproduction. This book is directed primarily to botanists.

Table of Contents

  • Editorial Note

    Conference Programme

    List of Members and Guests who Attended the Conference

    1. Breeding Systems, Variation and Adaptation

    Breeding Systems and Response to Selection

    The Genetic Integration of Breeding Systems

    The Reproductive Biology of the British Poppies

    2. Reproductive Biology in Relation to Plant Breeding

    The Reproductive Biology of Some Leguminous Crops

    Reproduction in Ryegrasses

    3. Pollination Mechanisms

    Pollination Mechanisms in Orchids

    The Foraging Behaviour of Bees and Its Effect on the Isolation and Speciation of Plants

    4. Reproductive Capacity and Plant Distribution

    Dispersal and Establishment: What Do We Really Know?

    Ecological Aspects of Seed Dormancy and Germination

    Reproductive Capacity in the Study of Evolutionary Processes

    5. Apomixis (Including Vegetative Reproduction)

    Apomixis in the Angiosperme, with Special Reference to Calamagrostis and Poa

    The History, Taxonomy and Breeding System of Apomictic British Rubi

    Apomixis and Vegetative Reproduction in Ferns

    The Taxonomic Implications of Apomixis

    6. General Discussion and Summing-Up

    Opening remarks

    General Discussion


Product details

  • No. of pages: 184
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1966
  • Published: January 1, 1966
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483223971

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J. G. Hawkes

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