Pollination – The Enduring Relationship between Plant and Pollinator


Pollination – The Enduring Relationship between Plant and Pollinator Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press
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Pages: 224 pages Illustrations and other contents: 350 colour and b/w photos and colour illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9780691203751 Categories: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Tag:

Pollination is essential to the survival of most plants on Earth. Some plants rely on the wind to transport pollen from one flower to another. Others employ an array of ingenious strategies to attract and exploit pollinators, whether they be insects, birds, or mammals. This beautifully illustrated book provides an unprecedented look at the wonders of pollination biology, drawing on the latest science to explain the extraordinarily complex relationship between plant and pollinator, and revealing why pollination is vital for healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet.

In Pollination, Timothy Walker offers an engaging introduction to pollination biology and explores the many different tactics of plant reproduction. He shows how wind and water can be effective yet wildly unpredictable means of pollination, and describes the intimate interactions of pollinating plants with bees and butterflies, beetles and birds, and lizards and bats. Walker explores how plants entice pollinators using scents, colors, and shapes, and how plants rely on rewards as well as trickery to attract animals. He sheds light on the important role of pollination in ecology, evolution, and agriculture, and discusses why habitat management, species recovery programs, and other conservation efforts are more critical now than ever.

Featuring hundreds of color photos and illustrations, Pollination is suitable for undergraduate study and is an essential resource for naturalists, horticulturalists, and backyard gardeners.

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"This is a book for gardeners and birders and anyone worried about the direction of the planet."---Jim Williams, Star Tribune "Walker is quite clear that for all our study, what we do know about this subject is vastly overshadowed by what we don't, and by what we may never know before it is destroyed. The book concludes with chapters on the importance of pollination to humankind and . . . . point[s] again and again at the fragile intricacies of the natural world, offer the most eloquent argument for conservation of all."---Rory Dusoir, Gardens Illustrated "A literary elixir of life, precisely the book which will reveal and explain the extraordinary mechanisms of pollination . . . . An excellent book, a wonderful resource . . . an indispensable handbook on pollination."---Paddy Tobin, An Irish Gardener "[An] abundance of stunning photographs . . . Enlightening and inspiring text."---Dr A M Mannion, Biologist "[University] instructors will appreciate this well-organized, fully indexed volume with numerous examples, simple explanations of complex concepts, and ememorable analogies for teaching."---Karen Goodell, CHOICE

Author Biography

Timothy Walker is lecturer in plant sciences at Somerville College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It WorksPlants: A Very Short Introduction, and Euphorbias.

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