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Gender and Sexual Dimorphism in Flowering Plants

Edited by M A Geber, T E Dawson and L F Delph 
Springer Verlag  1999  


Hardcover  305 pages  ISBN 9783540645979      £85.00
Written by the leading experts in the field, this book examines the evolutionary advantages of gender dimorphism - the occurrence of two sexual forms - and sexual dimorphism - dimorphism in secondary sex characters - in flowering plants. Gender dimorphism is found in approximately 10% of flowering plant species and has been an active topic of research. By contrast, sexual dimorphism in plants is much less widely appreciated. The book consists of three sections: The first introduces readers to the tremendous variety of breeding systems and their evolution in plants and sets the stage for a consideration of the evolution of dimorphism in reproductive and non-reproductive characters. The second section deals with the evolution of secondary sexual characters, including the theory related to the evolution of sexual dimorphism and its empirical patterns. The last section deals with the genetics of gender expression and of secondary sexual characters. The contents are as follows:

  • Gender and sexual dimorphism in flowering plants: review of terminology, biogeographic patterns, ecological correlates, and phylogenetic approaches.
  • Theories of the evolution of dioecy.
  • Empirical studies: evolution and maintenance of dimorphic breeding systems.
  • Theories of the evolution of sexual dimorphism.
  • Sexual dimorphism in flowers and inflorescences.
  • Sexual dimorphism in life history.
  • Sexual dimorphism in physiology and morphology.
  • Sexual dimorphism and biotic interactions.
  • Genetics of gender dimorphism in higher plants.
  • Quantitative genetics of sexual dimorphism

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