Pollen and Pollination

Edited by A. Dafni University of Haifa, M. Hesse University of Vienna E. Pacini Universita degli Studi di Siena 
Springer Verlag  2000  

Hardcover  IX + 336 pp, 67 partly coloured figs  ISBN 9783211835142      £171.00
The identification of pollen is widely used in the reconstruction of vegetation, the climate of the past, and plant biodiversity. Studies concerning pollen structure, size, and form are key issues in basic sciences as plant taxonomy and evolution. But they also play an important role in applied fields as plant breeding. In pollination studies pollen is generally used to identify food sources of visitors and to reconstruct their foraging routes. The 16 papers in this volume consider the functional ecology of pollen in relation to its structure and constituents as a framework towards a better understanding of evolutionary processes that mold pollination biology. They can be roughly classified into three main topics: pollen structure and constituents, pollen evolutionary ecology, and the pollenpollinator interface. Floral reward, such as pollen and nectar, are only one aspect of the multidimensional pollination caleidoscope. Other aspects include the various mechanisms in distributing or collecting pollen, the question of pollen longevity, or the convergence of evolution in angiosperm pollination.


  • Pollen wall stratification and pollination (M. Hesse).
  • From anther and pollen ripening to pollen presentation (E. Pacini).
  • Cytochemistry of mature angiosperm pollen (M. Nepi, G. G. Franchi).
  • The ecology and evolution of pollen odors (H. E. M. Dobson, G. Bergström).
  • The ecology and evolution of visual pollen signals (K. Lunau).
  • Pollen viability and longevity: practical, ecological and evolutionary implications (A. Dafni, D. Firmage).
  • The role of electrostatic forces in pollination (Y. Vaknin, S. GanMor, A. Bechar, B. Ronen, D. Eisikowitch).
  • Pollen grains: why so many? (R. W. Cruden).
  • Abiotic pollen and pollination: ecological, functional and evolutionary perspectives (J. D. Ackerman).
  • Pollen nutritional content and digestibility for animals (T. H. Roulston, J. H. Cane).
  • The collection of pollen by bees (R. W. Thorp). Pollen morphological evolution in bat pollinated plants (A. Stroo).
  • The structure and function of orchid pollinaria (S. D. Johnson, T. J. Edwards).
  • Deceptive orchids with Meliponini as pollinators (D. W. Roubik).
  • Threadforming structures in angiosperm anthers: their diverse role in pollination ecology (M. Hesse, S. Vogel, H. Halbritter).
  • Convergent evolution and adaptive radiation of beetlepollinated angiosperms (P. Bernhardt).

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