Floral Mimicry


Floral Mimicry Author: Format: Paperback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press Pages: 192 ISBN: 9780198732709 Category:

A comprehensive treatise on the evolutionary strategies whereby plants imitate the food sources, oviposition sites, or mating partners of animals in order to exploit them as pollinators.

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The authors emphasis on key concepts combined with helpful advice on methodological approaches makes the volume a valuable resource for principal investigators graduate students, and research-oriented undergraduates. They 'showcase' important individual studies relating to the varied topics presented as chapters, integrating these highlighted works into a 'broad conceptual framework that can guide future research in the field'. This book is an excellent synthesis of the quickly expanding field of floral mimicry. It is full of helpful suggestions and constructive frameworks for ongoing and future research in the field. * The Quarterly Review of Biology *

Author Biography

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 he has published or co-published more than 260 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as a number of books and book chapters. He has served on the editorial boards of Oecologia and Arthropod-Plant Interactions, and is currently an editorial board member of Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences. Professor Florian Schiestl obtained his PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of Vienna. He has subsequently worked at some of the leading research Universities, such as the Australian National University, the ETH Zurich and the University of California. Since 2007 he is a professor at the University of Zurich. His research focusses on floral signals, pollination biology, plant speciation, chemical ecology, and floral mimicry. He has published influential original scientific articles, book chapters and review papers articles on these topics. He served on the editorial board of Oecologia, and is currently an editorial board member of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.