Plant Pollination and Dispersal

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Part of the The Plant Sciences book series (PLANTSCI, volume 8)


  • Plants depend on a wide diversity of animals for pollination and seed dispersal.

  • The devices used by plants to attract animals span the whole range of animal senses.

  • The diversity of plant sexual systems is very broad.

  • Plants can manipulate their own fertilization.

  • Pollen delivery systems must be precise.

  • Changes in floral attraction signals can have evolutionary consequences.

  • Seeds must be dispersed away from parent plants and each other.

  • Pollination and seed dispersal influence the genetic structure of populations and their evolution.

  • Human activities have significant and often negative impacts on pollinators and seed dispersers. Problems are predictable.

  • The complex nature of these plant-animal interactions means that many questions await future studies.


Seed Dispersal Pollen Dispersal Seed Disperser Weedy Rice Wind Pollination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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