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Nectaries and Nectar

  • A modern and interdisciplinary text on nectar and nectaries

  • Widely varied topics

  • Represents continued cooperation of a group of scientists that met at the first international conference dedicated specifically to nectar and nectaries

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Ettore Pacini, Susan W. Nicolson
    Pages 1-18
  3. A systematic survey of floral nectaries

    • Gabriel Bernardello
    Pages 19-128
  4. Nectary structure and ultrastructure

    • Massimo Nepi
    Pages 129-166
  5. Nectar production and presentation

    • Ettore Pacini, Massimo Nepi
    Pages 167-214
  6. Nectar chemistry

    • Susan W. Nicolson, Robert W. Thornburg
    Pages 215-264
  7. Molecular biology of the Nicotiana floral nectary

    • Robert W. Thornburg
    Pages 265-288
  8. Nectar consumers

    • 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.

Keywords

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

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Nectaries and nectar is a welcome effort that provides a comprehensive review of the advances made in the last three decades in the study of nectary systematics, structure, and ultrastructure, as well as nectar production, presentation, chemistry, molecular biology, nectar consumers, and ecology. … the big advantage of this book is that it is written by experts in the field. … Overall there is much to recommend this book as a major reference text and resource for the many biologists … ." (Lynn S. Adler, Ecology, Vol. 89 (4), 2008)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

    Susan W. Nicolson

  • Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Siena, Italy

    Massimo Nepi, Ettore Pacini

About the editors

Sue Nicolson is a New Zealander who obtained her PhD in insect physiology from the University of Cambridge. She is a professor in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and her main research interest is in ecophysiological aspects of nectar feeding in insects and birds.

Massimo Nepi was awarded a PhD in agricultural biology in 1995. He is currently employed as researcher at the Department of Environmental Sciences of the University of Siena, where he carries out studies concerning the reproductive biology of angiosperms. In recent years his main research interest has been nectar and nectary biology.

Ettore Pacini graduated in botany in 1967 at the University of Siena, where he is still engaged as full professor of Botany. His main research interest has been higher plant reproduction, first from a cytological point of view and also from an ecological point of view during the last two decades. Recently he became a member of the prestigious Accademia dei Lincei, the first Scientific Academy, founded in 1604.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 149.00
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  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-5937-7
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 199.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)