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The Enduring Relationship between Plant and Pollinator

Pollination Timothy Walker



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Princeton University Pres
01 February 2021
An enticing illustrated look at pollination, one of the most astonishing marvels of the natural world Pollination is essential to the survival of most plants on Earth. Some plants rely on the wind to transport pollen from one flower to another. Others employ an array of ingenious strategies to attract and exploit pollinators, whether they be insects, birds, or mammals. This beautifully illustrated book provides an unprecedented look at the wonders of pollination biology, drawing on the latest science to explain the extraordinarily complex relationship between plant and pollinator, and revealing why pollination is vital for healthy ecosystems and a healthy planet.

Timothy Walker offers an engaging introduction to pollination biology and explores the many different tactics of plant reproduction. He shows how wind and water can be effective yet wildly unpredictable means of pollination, and describes the intimate interactions of pollinating plants with bees and butterflies, beetles and birds, and lizards and bats. Walker explores how plants entice pollinators using scents, colours, and shapes, and how plants rely on rewards as well as trickery to attract animals. He sheds light on the important role of pollination in ecology, evolution, and agriculture, and discusses why habitat management, species recovery programs, and other conservation efforts are more critical now than ever.

Featuring hundreds of colour photos and illustrations, Pollination is suitable for undergraduate study and is an essential resource for naturalists, horticulturalists, and backyard gardeners.
By:   Pollination Timothy Walker
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 191mm, 
ISBN:   9780691203751
ISBN 10:   069120375X
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 February 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Timothy Walker is lecturer in plant sciences at Somerville College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Plant Conservation: Why It Matters and How It Works, Plants: A Very Short Introduction, and Euphorbias.

Reviews for Pollination: The Enduring Relationship between Plant and Pollinator

This is a book for gardeners and birders and anyone worried about the direction of the planet. ---Jim Williams, Star Tribune A literary elixir of life, precisely the book which will reveal and explain the extraordinary mechanisms of pollination . . . . An excellent book, a wonderful resource . . . an indispensable handbook on pollination. ---Paddy Tobin, An Irish Gardener Walker is quite clear that for all our study, what we do know about this subject is vastly overshadowed by what we don't, and by what we may never know before it is destroyed. The book concludes with chapters on the importance of pollination to humankind and . . . . point[s] again and again at the fragile intricacies of the natural world, offer the most eloquent argument for conservation of all. ---Rory Dusoir, Gardens Illustrated

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