Nectaries and Nectar

  • Susan W. Nicolson
  • Massimo Nepi
  • Ettore Pacini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Ettore Pacini, Susan W. Nicolson
    Pages 1-18
  3. Gabriel Bernardello
    Pages 19-128
  4. Massimo Nepi
    Pages 129-166
  5. Ettore Pacini, Massimo Nepi
    Pages 167-214
  6. Susan W. Nicolson, Robert W. Thornburg
    Pages 215-264
  7. Robert W. Thornburg
    Pages 265-288
  8. Susan W. Nicolson
    Pages 289-342
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 377-395

About this book


Nectar is the most important reward offered by plants to pollinating animals. This book is a modern and interdisciplinary text on nectar and nectaries, prompted by the expansion of knowledge, especially in the more ecological and now molecular fields, and the strong recent interest in pollination biology. The topics covered vary widely: they include historical aspects, the structure and ultrastructure of nectaries and relationships to plant systematics, the dynamics of nectar secretion, nectar chemistry and the molecular biology of defence proteins, adaptations to insect and vertebrate nectar consumers and consequences for pollination ecology, and broad-scale studies of nectar resources at the community level.


Adaptation Asteraceae Bur Euphorbiaceae Evolution Ranunculaceae amino acids ecology environment nectaries nectary plant reproduction plant-animal interactions pollination ecology proteins

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan W. Nicolson
    • 1
  • Massimo Nepi
    • 2
  • Ettore Pacini
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Zoology and EntomologyUniversity of PretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of SienaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Environmental SciencesUniversity of SienaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-5936-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-5937-7
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