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Evolution and Speciation of Island Plants - Tod F. Stuessy

Evolution and Speciation of Island Plants

By: Tod F. Stuessy (Editor), Mikio Ono (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 4th January 2013
ISBN: 9780521496537
Number Of Pages: 376

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Oceanic island archipelagos are profoundly interesting ecosystems in which to ask questions about evolutionary patterns and processes, and may rightly be considered as one of the best places on earth to seek an understanding of the origin and elaboration of biological diversity. This volume brings together contributions covering a range of important issues in contemporary oceanic island plant biology, focusing on patterns and processes in Pacific and other islands (with emphasis on the Bonin, Hawaiian and Juan Fernandez Islands) to provide a stimulating view of the current state of research and a possible agenda for future investigations. Topics addressed include chromosomal variation, macromolecular divergence, island biogeography theory, isolating mechanisms, modes of speciation and evolution of secondary plant products, resulting in a volume which reveals the special opportunities offered by oceanic archipelagos for investigating evolutionary phenomena in vascular plants.

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' ... the book provides pleasant and instructive reading to all interested in island biogeography.' Optima ' ... this is a useful book, bringing together a lot of information on many aspects of island biogeography.' Peter Hovenkamp, Blumea ' ... a worthy addition to the literature on plant evolution on islands ... ideal for graduate students setting out to discover new and exciting patterns of variation on islands.' Heredity ' ... a valuable addition to the literature ...' Phil Garnock-Jones, Plant Systematics & Evolution

Hawaiian Islands
Chromosome evolution and speciation in Hawaiian flowering plants
Evolution in the endemic Hawaiian compositae
Juan Fernadez Islands
Isolating mechanisms and modes of speciation in endemic angiosíperms of the Juan Fernandez Islands
Dendroseris (Asteraceae: Lactuceae) and Robinsonia (Asteraceae: Senecioneae) on the Juan Fernandez Islands: similarities and differences in biology and phylogeny
Island biogeography of angiosperms of the Juan Fernandez archipelago
Southern and Western Pacific Islands
Genetic diversity of the endemic plants of Bonin (Ogasawara) Islands
Evolution of cryptic dioecy in Callincarpa (Verbenaceae) on the Bonin (Ogasawara) Islands
Conservation of the endemic vascular plant species of the Bonin (Ogasawara)+
Preliminary observations on the evolution of the endemic angiosperms of Ullung Island
Evolution in Crossostylis (Rhizophoraceae) in the South Pacific Islands
General Evolutionary Patterns and Processes in Oceanic Islands
Secondary compounds and evolutionary relationships of island plants
Chromosomal stasis during speciation in angiosperms of oceanic islands
The current status of our knowledge and suggested research protocols in island archipelagos
Subject index
Author index
Taxon index
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ISBN: 9780521496537
ISBN-10: 0521496535
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 4th January 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.72