Understanding Flowers and Flowering

Paperback | March 3, 2014

byBeverley Glover

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Flowers are the beautiful and complex reproductive structures of the angiosperms, one of the most diverse and successful groups of living organisms. The underlying thesis of this book is that to fully understand plant development (and why flowers differ in shape, structure and colour), it isnecessary to understand why it is advantageous for them to look like they do. Conversely, in order to fully understand plant ecology, it is necessary to appreciate how floral structures have developed and evolved. Uniquely, this book addresses flowers and flowering from both a molecular geneticperspective (considering flower induction, development and self-incompatibility) and an ecological perspective (looking at the selective pressures placed on plants by pollinators, and the consequences for animal-plant co-evolution). Understanding Flowers and Flowering, the first edition of which won BES Marsh Book of the Year in 2009, begins by considering the evolution of flowers and the history of research into their development. This is followed by a detailed description of the processes which lead to flower production inmodel plants. The book then examines how flowers differ in shape, structure and colour, and how these differences are generated. Finally it assesses the role of these various aspects of floral biology in attracting pollinators and ensuring successful reproduction. This new edition has been completely revised and updated to reflect the latest advances in the field, especially an increased understanding of the evolution of floral traits. New chapters consider the genetic basis of the floral transition in diverse species, as well as the evolutionary lability offloral form. There is a new focus throughout on both phylogenetic position and morphological diversity across the angiosperm phylogeny. Understanding Flowers and Flowering continues to provide the first truly integrated study of the topic - one that discusses both the how and why of flowering plantreproductive biology.

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Flowers are the beautiful and complex reproductive structures of the angiosperms, one of the most diverse and successful groups of living organisms. The underlying thesis of this book is that to fully understand plant development (and why flowers differ in shape, structure and colour), it isnecessary to understand why it is advantageou...

Dr Beverley Glover is Professor of Plant Systematics and Evolution at the University of Cambridge and Director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden. She studied Plant and Environmental Biology at the University of St. Andrews and then a PhD at the John Innes Centre in Norwich. After that she moved to Cambridge, where her research in...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:March 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019966160X

ISBN - 13:9780199661602

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Table of Contents

Section I: Introduction1. The Evolution of Flowers2. Historical Interpretations of Flower Induction and Flower DevelopmentSection II: The Molecular Mechanisms of Flowering: Induction and DevelopmentPart A: Induction of Flowering3. Flower Induction in Arabidopsis thaliana4. The Autonomous Pathways for Floral Inhibition and Induction5. The Photoperiodic Pathway of Floral Induction6. The Vernalization Pathway of Floral Induction and the Role of Gibberellin7. Integrating the Arabidopsis thaliana Flower Induction Pathways8. Flower Induction Beyond Arabidopsis thalianaPart B: Development of Flowers9. Changes at the Shoot Apical Meristem in Response to Floral Induction10. Development of the Floral Organs11. The ABC Model and the Diversity of Plant Reproductive Structures12. Function and Development of Gametophytes13. Outcrossing and Self-fertilizationSection III: Pollination Success: Molecular and Ecological InteractionsPart A: How and Why Does Floral Form Vary?14. Why Are Flowers Different? Pollination Syndromes-The Theory15. Diverse Floral Shape and Structure16. Colouring the Flower17. Enhancing Flower Colour18. Lability of Floral FormPart B: The Influence of Pollinators on Floral Form19. Are Flowers under Selective Pressure to Increase Pollinator Attention?20. Do Pollinators Discriminate between Different Floral Forms?21. Pollination Syndromes - The Evidence

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"...a very carefully written, detailed and up-to-date book. It can be recommended as a text book for courses at the master's level and for PhD courses alike. It can also help the specialist to get a quick overview about expanding field. Finally, it is a great pleasure to read just for the loveof flowers!" --Plant Molecular Biology