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Pollination and Floral Ecology is the most comprehensive single-volume reference to all aspects of pollination biology--and the first fully up-to-date resource of its kind to appear in decades.

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This beautifully illustrated book describes how flowers use colors, shapes, and scents to advertise themselves; how they offer pollen and nectar as rewards; and how they share complex interactions with beetles, birds, bats, bees, and other creatures. The ecology of these interactions is covered in depth, including the timing and patterning of flowering, competition among flowering plants to attract certain visitors and deter others, and the many ways plants and animals can cheat each other.

Pollination and Floral Ecology pays special attention to the prevalence of specialization and generalization in animal-flower interactions, and examines how a lack of distinction between casual visitors and true pollinators can produce misleading conclusions about flower evolution and animal-flower mutualism. This one-of-a-kind reference also gives insights into the vital pollination services that animals provide to crops and native flora, and sets these issues in the context of today's global pollination crisis.

Pat Willmer is professor of zoology at the University of St. She has published extensively on pollination biology in leading scientific journals. Her books include "Environmental Physiology of Animals". This is an impressive and valuable contribution to pollination ecology, floral evolution, plant biology, and entomology. The book is extremely up-to-date. I am convinced it will become the central reference in the field and remain so for many years. A pleasure to read. Scott Armbruster, University of Portsmouth and University of Alaska, Fairbanks "There has not been a treatment of pollination biology as extensive as this since Faegri and van der Pijl's classic book was first published in the s.

Willmer does an amazing job catching the reader up on the literature of the last forty years while keeping the material accessible to the novice biologist. This will become the bible for floral biologists studying plant-pollinator interactions.

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Other titles from Princeton UP. Fungi of Temperate Europe 2-Volume Set. Oceanic Birds of the World. Canids of the World. Far from Land. Birds of Central America. The Solitary Bees. And some of them are quite impressive. This year I saw my first hornet mimicking hoverflies, Volucella zonaria. The nectar is easy accessible. An example is ivy:.

They may be the less important in this list, but some species do visit flowers and feed on the pollen. They like flowers which offer their pollen openly, without too much difficulties. Like poppies:. Floral ecology of course is much more than immagining who visits certain plants. The relationship between plants and pollinators from the flowers perspective. How do they attract the pollinators?

What rewards do they give? How difficult is it to get to this reward? And so on.

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All in all a very fascinating area. You may take it as a game: sit in front of a patch of flowers, and guess by the characteristics you see who may be the intended visitor. Your email address will not be published.

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Bee Thoughts. The variety of forms is amazing: Cherries and other fruit trees are very attractive for bees. They have circular, easily accessible flowers.