Plant Reproductive Ecology

Plant Reproductive Ecology : Patterns and Strategies

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This collection of reviews by leading investigators 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 358 pages
  • 154 x 235 x 24mm | 597g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • line drawings, figures and tables throughout
  • 0195063945
  • 9780195063943

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 De Wreede and Terry Klinger: Reproductive strategies in algae; Brent Mishler: Reproductive ecology of bryophytes; Michael Cousens: Reproductive strategies of pteridophytes.
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Review quote

'This is a most welcome paperback edition ... It presents an excellent series of reviews on topics in plant reproductive biology at a price which is now more attractive to research students and undergraduates.'
P. Gibbs, 1991 Annals of Botany Company `This is an excellent book.' Evolution `An excellent series of synthetic reviews of patterns and strategies of plant reproductive ecology.' Acta Botanica Neerlandica 'The book is well edited and provides stimulating reading throughout. It is a pleasure to see the robust and uninhibited use of terms considered too inexact or teleological in some quarters: adaptation, strategy, stress and competition. A very interesting glimpse of the possible directions in which future research may lie.' The Journal of Applied Ecology `Provides a valuable reference for graduate students and researchers interested in evolutionary ecology and plant reproductive biology. Chapters by the Lovett Dousts, Bertin, Zimmerman, and Lee are especially notable in their critical and analytical perspectives on theory and current data.' Ecology 'Many individual chapters are superb, and there is evidence of diligent editorial work... this is a most useful book.' The Quarterly Review of Biology
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