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Managing Wetlands for Pollination

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Pollination is a fundamental process in plant biology whereby pollen is transferred from the anther (male part) to the stigma (female part) to facilitate fertilization and reproduction. Pollination is restricted to the flower bearing plants or angiosperms. Pollination can be mediated by abiotic and biotic factors. Approximately 87 % of all flowering plants are pollinated by biotic vectors such as insects, birds, and mammals (Regan et al. 2015). The primary abiotic factor is pollination by the wind (known as anemophily). This form of pollination is common in many wetland grass species, numerous coniferous, and many deciduous trees. Some wetland and aquatic plants release and disperse their pollen directly into water and this becomes the vector for pollination, known as hydrophilous pollination (Cox 1988).

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McInnes, R.J. (2016). Managing Wetlands for Pollination. In: Finlayson, C., et al. The Wetland Book. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6172-8_226-1

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    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6172-8_226-1