Floral Mimicry

Paperback | October 22, 2016

bySteven D. Johnson, Florian P. Schiestl

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Mimicry is a classic example of adaptation through natural selection. The traditional focus of mimicry research has been on defence in animals, but there is now also a highly-developed and rapidly-growing body of research on floral mimicry in plants. This has coincided with a revolution ingenomic tools, making it possible to explore which genetic and developmental processes underlie the sometimes astonishing changes that give rise to floral mimicry. Being literally rooted to one spot, plants have to cajole animals into acting as couriers for their pollen. Floral mimicry encompasses aset of evolutionary strategies whereby plants imitate the food sources, oviposition sites, or mating partners of animals in order to exploit them as pollinators. This first definitive book on floral mimicry discusses the functions of visual, olfactory, and tactile signals, integrating them into a broader theory of organismal mimicry that will help guide future research in the field. It addresses the fundamental question of whether the evolutionary andecological principles that were developed for protective mimicry in animals can also be applied to floral mimicry in plants. The book also deals with the functions of floral rewardlessness, a condition which often serves as a precursor to the evolution of mimicry in plant lineages. The authors payparticular attention to the increasing body of research on chemical cues: their molecular basis, their role in cognitive misclassification of flowers by pollinators, and their implications for plant speciation. Comprehensive in scope and conceptual in focus, Floral Mimicry is primarily aimed at senior undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in plant science and evolutionary biology.

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Mimicry is a classic example of adaptation through natural selection. The traditional focus of mimicry research has been on defence in animals, but there is now also a highly-developed and rapidly-growing body of research on floral mimicry in plants. This has coincided with a revolution ingenomic tools, making it possible to explore wh...

Professor Steven Johnson's research focuses on pollination biology, evolution, plant speciation, insect-plant relationships, and floral deception and mimicry. He is currently a full Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and holds the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Evolutionary Biology. During the course of his career h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.41 inPublished:October 22, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198732708

ISBN - 13:9780198732709

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The evolution and maintenance of floral rewardlessness3. Generalised food deception4. Batesian food-source mimicry5. Sexual mimicry6. Oviposition site mimicry7. Special cases8. Future directions in floral mimicry research