Plant Reproductive Ecology : Patterns and Strategies

Plant Reproductive Ecology : Patterns and Strategies

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This collection of reviews by leading investigators examines plant reproduction and sexuality within a framework of evolutionary ecology, providing an up-to-date account of the field. 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' in plants, and sex dimorphism are all explored in detail. Specific forms of biotic interactions shaping the evolution of plant reproductive strategy are discussed, and a taxonomically based review of the reproductive ecology 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 nonflowering plants and the more thoroughly documented flowering species.Hawkins, R. P., Selection for height of nectar in the corolla tube of English singlecut red clover, J. Agric. Sci. 11, 348-350(1971). 69. Haynes, J., and Mesler, M. R., Pollen foraging by bumblebees: Foraging patterns and efficiency on Lupi- nus polyphyllus, Oecologia 61, 249-253 (1984). 70. Heinrich, B., The role of energetics in bumblebee-flower interrelationships, in Coevolution of Animals and Plants (L. E. Gilbert and P. H. Raven, eds.), pp. 141-158. Univ. of Texas Press, Austin, 1975.

Title:Plant Reproductive Ecology : Patterns and Strategies
Author: Jon and Lesley Lovett-Doust Professor of Biology the University of Windsor
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1988-07-07

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