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Understanding Flowers and Flowering
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Understanding Flowers and Flowering: An integrated approach

Beverley Glover

Abstract

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 understand fully plant development (and why flowers differ in shape, structure, and colour), it is necessary 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 adapted and evolved. Uniquely, this book addresses flowers and flowering from both a molecular genetic perspective ... More

Keywords: angiosperm, evolution, flower induction, plant development, plant ecology, pollinator, self-incompatibility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198565970
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565970.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beverley Glover, author
Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge

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Front Matter

SECTION I INTRODUCTION

SECTION II THE MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF FLOWERING: INDUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

PART A Induction of Flowering

PART B Development of Flowers

SECTION III POLLINATION SUCCESS: MOLECULAR AND ECOLOGICAL INTERACTIONS

PART A How and Why Does Floral Form Vary?

PART B The Influence of Pollinators on Floral Form