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Ecological Research Monographs

Obligate Pollination Mutualism

Editors: Kato, Makoto, Kawakita, Atsushi (Eds.)

  • Is the first book to bring together contributors' original observations on the leafflower-leafflower moth mutualism discovered by the lead editor
  • Addresses various ecological and evolutionary questions in a single model plant-insect association system
  • Includes numerous original color photographs of Phyllanthaceae plants and their pollinators from around the world
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About this book

This book presents a comprehensive overview of our current understanding of mutualism origin, plant–pollinator specificity, mutualism stability, and reciprocal diversification. In particular, it focuses on the natural history and evolutionary history of the third example of obligate pollination mutualism, leafflower–leafflower moth association, which was discovered in the plant family Phyllanthaceae by the lead editor and then established by the editors and their coworkers as an ideal model system for studies of mutualism and the coevolutionary process. This work brings together the knowledge they have gained through an array of research conducted using different approaches, ranging from taxonomy, phylogenetics, ecology, and evolutionary biology to biogeography.

Richly illustrated with numerous original color photographs, the volume consists of 13 chapters and is divided into three main parts: natural history, ecology, and evolution. It begins by showcasing numerous examples of plant–animal interactions and their origins to guide readers in the world of leafflowers and their pollinators. The immense diversity of Phyllanthaceae and pollinator moths is then explored, and in the following 7 chapters mutualism is discussed from a range of ecological and evolutionary points of view. The final chapter presents a review of the evolution and variety of obligate pollination mutualisms.

This book offers researchers and students in the field of ecology, botany, evolutionary biology, pollination biology, entomology, and tropical biology fascinating insights into why such a costly pollination system has evolved and why Phyllanthaceae is so diverse despite the inconspicuousness of their flowers.

About the authors

Makoto Kato, Ph.D.

Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan

Atsushi Kawakita, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Japan

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Kato, Makoto

    Pages 3-6

  • History and Natural History of Plants and Their Associates

    Kato, Makoto

    Pages 7-61

  • Biology of the Obligate Pollination Mutualism

    Kato, Makoto (et al.)

    Pages 63-80

  • Diversity of Phyllanthaceae Plants

    Kawakita, Atsushi (et al.)

    Pages 81-115

  • Diversity of Pollinator Moths

    Kawakita, Atsushi (et al.)

    Pages 117-137

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56532-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56530-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Obligate Pollination Mutualism
Editors
  • Makoto Kato
  • Atsushi Kawakita
Series Title
Ecological Research Monographs
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan KK
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-56532-1
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-56532-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-56530-7
Series ISSN
2191-0707
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 309
Number of Illustrations and Tables
38 b/w illustrations, 87 illustrations in colour
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