Plant Reproductive Ecology

Plant Reproductive Ecology

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This collection of reviews examines plant reproduction within a framework of evolutionary ecology. The contributors discuss conceptual issues, showing the importance of sex allocation, sexual selection and inclusive fitness, and the dimensions of paternity and maternity in plants. The evolution, maintenance, and loss of self-incompatibility in plants, the nature of sex choice, and sex dimorphism are all explored. Specific forms of biotic interactions shaping the evolution of plant reproductive strategy are discussed, and a taxonomically based review of the reproductive biology of non-angiosperm plant groups - such as bryophytes, ferns and algae - is presented. Together these studies focus on the complexities of plant life cycles and the distinctive reproductive biologies of these organisms, while showing the similarities between non-flowering plants and the more thoroughly documented flowering species. Readership: botanists, ecologists.show more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 27mm | 763g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 25ill.
  • 0195051750
  • 9780195051759

Table of contents

CONCEPTUAL ISSUES IN PLANT BREEDING SYSTEMS: J. and L. Lovett Doust: Sociology of plants - an emerging synthesis; Robert Bertin: Paternity in Plants; David Haig and Mark Westoby: Inclusive fitness, seed resources and maternal care; Paul Cox: Monomorphic and dimorphic sexual strategies - a modular approach; Spencer Barrett: The evolution, maintenance and loss of self-incompatability systems; Mark Schlessman: Gender diphasy ('sex choice'); ECOLOGICAL FORCES: Michael Zimmerman: Nectar production, flowering phenology, and strategies for pollination; Tom Lee: Patterns of fruit and seed production; Don Waller: Plant morphology and reproduction; Jacob Weiner: The influence of competition on plant reproduction; Steve Hendrix: Herbivory and its impact on plant reproduction; REPRODUCTIVE STRATEGIES OF NON-ANGIOSPERMS: Robert DeWreede and Terry Klinger: Reproductive strategies in algae; Brent Mishler: Reproductive ecology of bryophytes; Michael Cousens: Reproductive strategies of pteridophytes.show more