Gender and Sexual Dimorphism in Flowering Plants
Edited by M A Geber, T E Dawson and L F Delph
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:
Hardcover 305 pages ISBN 9783540645979
- Gender and sexual dimorphism in flowering plants: review of
terminology, biogeographic patterns, ecological correlates, and phylogenetic
- Theories of the evolution of dioecy.
- Empirical studies: evolution and maintenance of dimorphic breeding
- 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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