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Plant variation and evolution

Author: D Briggs; S M Walters
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Fourth editionView all editions and formats
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A long-awaited fourth edition of a classic text, which considers the implications of new advances and challenges in our understanding of the evolution of flowering plants. It has been fully revised for the molecular era, and will continue to be an authoritative resource for students in the field.
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Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: D Briggs; S M Walters
ISBN: 9781107602229 110760222X
OCLC Number: 930576182
Description: xi, 578 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface; Acknowledgements; Note on names of plants; List of abbreviations; 1. Investigating plant variation and evolution; 2. From Ray to Darwin; 3. Early work on biometry; 4. Early work on the basis of individual variation; 5. Post-Darwinian ideas about evolution; 6. DNA: towards an understanding of heredity and molecular evolution; 7. Breeding systems; 8. Infraspecific variation and the ecotype concept; 9. Pattern and process in plant populations; 10. Pattern and process: factors interacting with natural selection; 11. Populations: origins and extinctions; 12. Species and speciation: concepts and models; 13. Allopatric speciation and hybridisation; 14. Abrupt speciation by polyploidy; 15. The species concept; 16. Flowering plant evolution: advances, challenges and prospects; 17. Historical biogeography; 18. The evolutionary impact of human activities; 19. The taxonomic challenge ahead; 20. Conservation: from protection to restoration and beyond; Index.
Responsibility: David Briggs, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge and S. Max Walters, former director of Cambridge University Botanic Garden ; this edition revised by David Briggs.
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