The Origin, Expansion, and Demise of Plant Species

The Origin, Expansion, and Demise of Plant Species

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Each plant species has its own unique passage that is affected by its gene pool, dispersal ability, interactions with competitors and pests, and the habitats and climactic conditions to which it is exposed. This book will explore plant species as dynamic entities within this passage, following the four stages of plant species life that normally occur. Those four stages can be identified as birth, expansion, differentiation and loss of cohesion, and decline/extinction. Each chapter focuses on part of the speciation process and examines it closely in the light of exploring the species passage from birth to more

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  • Hardback | 238 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.2 x 20.3mm | 476.28g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • graphs and figures
  • 0195127285
  • 9780195127287

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"[A] source of lively discussion and debate among groups interested in plant evolution ... will serve as a stimulus to research over the years ahead. ... I strongly recommend [it] to all evolutionary biologists as valuable reading."--Heredityshow more

Table of contents

1. The Premise and Species Concepts ; 2. Speciation: The Ecological Transition ; 3. Speciation: The Genetic Transition ; 4. The Geographical Scale of Speciation ; 5. The Geographical Expansion of Neospecies ; 6. Differentiation and the Breakdown of Species Unity ; 7. The Decline and Demise of Species ; 8. The Persistence and Sorting of Incipient Species ; 9. Species Duration and the Tempo of Diversificationshow more