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By Christian Konrad Sprengel (auth.), David G. Lloyd, Spencer C. H. Barrett (eds.)

Studies in floral biology are principally serious about how plant life functionality to advertise pollination and mating. The position of pollination in governing mating styles in plant populations inextricably hyperlinks the evolution of pollination and mating platforms. regardless of the shut sensible hyperlink among pollination and mating, learn carried out for many of this century on those primary points of plant copy has taken fairly separate classes. This has ended in suprisingly little cross-fertilization among the fields of pollination biology at the one hand and plant mating-system reports at the different. The separation of the 2 components has mostly resulted from different backgrounds and ways followed by way of employees in those fields. such a lot pollination stories were ecological in nature with a powerful emphasis on box study and till lately few employees thought of how the mechanics of pollen dispersal may well effect mating styles and person plant health. by contrast, paintings on plant mating styles has frequently been carried out in an ecological vacuum mostly with out details at the environmental and demographic context during which mating happens. Mating-system learn has been ruled by way of inhabitants genetic and theoretical views with strangely little attention given to the proximate ecological elements accountable for inflicting a specific trend of mating to occur.

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But what purpose does their nectar serve? I am not in a position to answer this question. The reason that Linne has already noticed, namely, that many flowers appear earlier than the leaves so that the wind is not prevented from carrying the pollen away, only applies to flowers of the first kind, for example, those of the elm, poplars, hazel, etc. The leaves of the spruce species cannot effectively prevent fertilization by wind because they are very narrow and smooth. In the European lime, on the other hand, the leaves would certainly do this.

As all this can be easily observed, one will often soon come onto the right track if one investigates the purpose for which this behavior occurs. One cannot deny that nature has protected the anthers and stigma of many flowers well against rain because it is detrimental to both organs. The harm to the former comes from sticking their pollen together, and perhaps also making Discovery of the Secret of Nature in the Structure and Fertilization of Flowers / 31 it unfit for fertilization. To the latter, whether it is covered with hairs or with a certain moisture, the harm comes from preventing it from receiving pollen.

But what purpose does their nectar serve? I am not in a position to answer this question. The reason that Linne has already noticed, namely, that many flowers appear earlier than the leaves so that the wind is not prevented from carrying the pollen away, only applies to flowers of the first kind, for example, those of the elm, poplars, hazel, etc. The leaves of the spruce species cannot effectively prevent fertilization by wind because they are very narrow and smooth. In the European lime, on the other hand, the leaves would certainly do this.

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