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|Title||:||Insects and Flowers: The Biology of a Partnership|
|Publisher||:||Princeton University Press 1 Februar 1985|
|Number of Pages||:||298 Pages|
|File Size||:||567 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Insects and Flowers: The Biology of a Partnership Reviews
This book is a fascinating account of one of nature's greatest miracles: the partnership between flowers and insects. Definitely both groups would not have evolved so successfully without each other. Barth tells us their story that involves much more than bees being rewarded with nectar for transferring pollen. He presents the amazing variety of flower types and their particular functions. He shows how flowers have employed insects of many different taxonomic groups to achieve maximum cross-pollination. The topic of the book is also a window into the cosmos of insect anatomy, physiology and behaviour. Barth describes the insects' elaborate pollen and nectar collecting devices. He gives an insight into the way how insects see flowers and the reader makes the amazing discovery that the flowers look much different to them as they do to us. Figs and fig wasps provide an example for a particularly close and well balanced relationship. One of the most strange stories in the book are the tricks of the orchids that involve in some cases false females and no reward at all for the pollinator. There are many other things to discover in this book such as the evolution of the bee dance and energy efficiency in bumblebee behaviour. Everyone who has an interest in the way how nature works will enjoy reading this book.
The recognition of the role of insect’s sensory system on the process of pollination is innovative, even to current standards. The author is well recognized on the study of sensory organs and function on arthropods. The book is easy to read and not highly technical so any person with interest in the topic could get information and for professionals the detail is reasonable to get the important information and to follow referenced articles.
For botanists and all other plant lovers, this book is a wonderful resource. The author shares his love, deep appreciation and knowledge of relationships between flowers and their pollinators. The interdependence of plants and creatures is miraculous and marvelous.
I like the book as this book was first recommended to me by adviser. The book gives basic to the advance level explanation how biological partnerships of insects and flowering plants occured in nature. The interaction and partnership on the course of evolution gives a ideal example of plant-pollinator relationship. M
Excellent, very readable book. Tons of information that help me appreciate this oldest of relationships
A useful source of articles on the interaction of insects with flowers. A good description of the importance of flowers to the plant. Specific to the plants discussed, with general application beyond the plants addressed. Not so helpful to my more general needs.