Flowers on the Tree of Life PDF ePub eBook

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Flowers on the Tree of Life free pdf Genetic and molecular studies have recently come to dominate botanical research at the expense of more traditional morphological approaches. This broad introduction to modern flower systematics demonstrates the great potential that floral morphology has to complement molecular data in phylogenetic and evolutionary investigations. Contributions from experts in floral morphology and evolution take the reader through examples of how flowers have diversified in a large variety of lineages of extant and fossil flowering plants. They explore angiosperm origins and the early evolution of flowers and analyse the significance of morphological characters for phylogenetic reconstructions on the tree of life. The importance of integrating morphology into modern botanical research is highlighted through case studies exploring specific plant groups where morphological investigations are having a major impact. Examples include the clarification of phylogenetic relationships and understanding the significance and evolution of specific floral characters, such as pollination mechanisms and stamen and carpel numbers.

About Livia Wanntorp

Livia Wanntorp currently works as a researcher at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm where she leads several projects involving flower morphology and systematics of many different groups of the flowering plants. She is associate editor of the journal Plant Systematics and Evolution and president of the Swedish Systematics Association. Louis Ronse De Craene is director of the MSc course on Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. His research interests include the morphology and evolution of flowers and encompass a broad range of angiosperm families. He is the author of Floral Diagrams: An Aid to Understanding Flower Morphology and Evolution (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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Author : Livia Wanntorp
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Data Published : 22 September 2011
ISBN : 0521765994
EAN : 9780521765992
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 326 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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