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Illustrated Pollen Terminology

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  • Provides detailed and manifold description of pollen
  • Explains how to describe pollen with light and electron micrographs in detail
  • Shares many insights into methods used in palynology

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This open access book offers a fully illustrated compendium of glossary terms and basic principles in the field of palynology, making it an indispensable tool for all palynologists. It is a revised and extended edition of “Pollen Terminology. An illustrated handbook,” published in 2009. This second edition, titled “Illustrated Pollen Terminology” shares additional insights into new and stunning aspects of palynology. In this context, the general chapters have been critically revised, expanded and restructured. The chapter “Misinterpretations in Palynology” has been extended with new research data and additional ambiguous terms, e.g., polyads vs. massulae; the chapter “Methods in Palynology” has been extensively enhanced with illustrated protocols showing the majority of the methods and techniques used when studying recent and fossil pollen with LM, SEM and TEM. Moreover, additional information about the description and publication of pollen data is provided in the chapter “How to Describe and Illustrate Pollen Grains.” Various other parts of the general chapters have now been updated and/or extended with more comprehensive textual passages and new illustrations. The chapter “Illustrated Pollen Terms” now features new and more appropriate examples of each term, including additional LM micrographs. Where necessary, the entries for selected pollen terms have been refined by rewording or adding definitions, illustrations, and new micrographs. Lastly, new terms are included, such as “suprasculpture” and the prefix “nano-“ for ornamentation features.

The chapter “Illustrated Pollen Terms” is the main part of this book and comprises more than 300 widely used terms illustrated with over 1,000 high-quality images. It provides a detailed survey of the manifold ornamentation and structures of pollen, and offers essential insights into their stunning beauty.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. General Chapters

  2. Illustrated Pollen Terms

  3. Palynological Terms

Authors and Affiliations

  • Division of Structural and Functional Botany, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Heidemarie Halbritter, Silvia Ulrich, Martina Weber, Michael Hesse, Ralf Buchner, Matthias Svojtka, Andrea Frosch-Radivo

  • Department of Palaeontology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Friðgeir Grímsson, Reinhard Zetter

About the authors

Heidemarie Halbritter, University of Vienna, Austria
Silvia Ulrich, University of Vienna, Austria
Fridgeir Grimsson, University of Vienna, Austria
Martina Weber, University of Vienna, Austria
Reinhard Zetter, University of Vienna, Austria
Michael Hesse, University of Vienna, Austria
Ralf Buchner, University of Vienna, Austria
Matthias Svojtka, University of Vienna, Austria
Andrea Frosch-Radivo, University of Vienna, Austria

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Illustrated Pollen Terminology

  • Authors: Heidemarie Halbritter, Silvia Ulrich, Friðgeir Grímsson, Martina Weber, Reinhard Zetter, Michael Hesse, Ralf Buchner, Matthias Svojtka, Andrea Frosch-Radivo

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-71364-9Published: 23 October 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-10046-9Published: 15 February 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-71365-6Published: 10 October 2018

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 483

  • Number of Illustrations: 208 b/w illustrations, 196 illustrations in colour

  • Additional Information: Originally published with title: Pollen Terminology

  • Topics: Plant Anatomy/Development, Plant Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography, Allergology, Paleontology, Biodiversity

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