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Plant Reproductive Ecology - Recent Advances

Balkrishna Ghimire

Korea National Arboretum

Dr. Balkrishna Ghimire obtained a Ph.D. degree in plant morphology and anatomy in relation to taxonomy. He is working as a senior research fellow at the plant taxonomy laboratory, Korean National Arboretum, South Korea.


Morphology of Flowers Flower Parts Evolution of Reproductive Organs Transition of Floral Traits Pollinators Pollination Patterns Breeding System Seed Development Fruit Set Seed Dispersal Reproductive Phonology Plant Reproductive Strategies

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The plants are reproduced by sexual and asexual means. The sexual life cycle of vascular plants is a complex process. A flower is the primary sexual reproductive organ in flowering plants. Flowering plants exhibit a spectacular floral diversity that ultimately plays a key role in diverse reproductive adaptations, pollination behavior, and mating systems. This diversity in the reproductive system of the plants provides the opportunities for evolutionary biologists to link micro-evolutionary processes to the macro-evolutionary patterns that are evident within evolutionary groups. Plant reproductive ecology is concerned with the adaptive significance of plants acquiring the variations in the traits associated with pollination, fruit set, seed development, seed dispersal, and seedling establishment. Reproductive success of the plants is usually depending on the ecological, both biotic and abiotic, factors of the particular habitat. Therefore, the understanding of phenotypic plasticity versus local adaptation in plant reproductive system and life history can maintain an individual’s fitness with spatial and temporal variations in the environment. The studies in plant reproductive ecology provide important information for ecological theory contributing to our understanding of the habitat, often providing much-needed data for the reintroduction of rare and threatened species. Recent empirical methods in field studies, genetics, and computational approaches provide new opportunities to explore plant reproductive strategies and genetic aspects of plant populations influencing the evolution of the reproductive system.

This ‘Plant Reproductive Ecology’ book will answer the specific questions about the interrelationships between plant reproductive system and pollination mechanisms, evolutions of traits, the evolutionary history of the reproductive system, and establishment of the plants in different environments. We will consider chapters that examine all aspects of the reproductive system of plants about ecology, environment, and habitat. Expected topics will be floral morphology and embryological development, pollination mechanisms, floral rewards, floral evolutions, phenology, reproductive diversity, fruit set and seed development, apomixes and seed dispersal, seedling establishment, natural recruitment, etc.

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Balkrishna Ghimire

Korea National Arboretum

Balkrishna Ghimire has obtained Bachelors's (2001) and a Master's degree in Botany (2004) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has worked as a botany lecturer (2005-2007) at Trichandra College, Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He has obtained a Ph.D. degree in plant morphology and anatomy in relation to taxonomy (2012) from Kangwon National University, Korea. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher (2012-2013) at Oriental Bio-herb Research Institute, Kangwon National University. Currently (2014 - till now), he is working as a senior research fellow at plant taxonomy laboratory, Korean National Arboretum, Korea. His research projects cover the morphology and anatomy of the woody plants of Korea. In addition, he is working on embryological development, and seed formation in some Korean rare endemic plants.

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