The Anther: Form, Function and Phylogeny

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-24
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Despite its significance in the reproductive cycle of flowering plants, and its importance in helping to interpret plant evolution, the stamen, and its fertile, pollen-bearing part, the anther, have received relatively little scientific attention. To help begin to address this shortcoming the contributions in this volume give an indication of the kinds of studies now being undertaken with a view to stimulating further work on this neglected plant organ. Traditional and current concepts of stamen construction, terminology and function are summarised, and an extensive bibliography gives access to relevant literature. New evidence for the evolution of the anther is drawn from the fossil record and from current studies of its growth and structure, and the dynamics of stamen evolution is detailed for several families.

Table of Contents

About anthers and stamens and what they do
The fossil history of stamens
The origin and early evolution of angiosperm stamens
Diversity and evolutionary trends in angiosperm anthers
Are stamens and carpels homologous?
Temporal control points in anther differentiation: implications for anther evolution
Diversity of endothecial patterns in the angiosperms
The oxalate package or so-called resorption tissue in some bee-pollinated angiosperms
Anther adaptations for animal pollination
Anther differentiation in the Asclepiadaceae: form and function
Stamen development in legumes with emphasis on porate stamens of Cassieae
Anther investigations: a review of methods
A bibliography of stamen morphology and anatomy
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