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Evolutionary biologists have produced a solid body of evidence to explain patterns of diversification, both within and among species. Recent textbooks are weighted towards studies of animals, which is surprising given that plants are ideally suited for answering evolutionary questions. Plants do not stand up and walk away and they can easily be cloned, transplanted or potted for experiments. This book aims to set the record straight by placing the wealth of data that have been collected on plants into the unifying framework of game theory. This allows a test of the theory of natural selection in some cases, while in other cases highlighting the need for additional data collection and theoretical development. It is the authors' hope that many students will take on this challenge and help the study of the evolutionary ecology of plants to develop as a mature, predictive science.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521528948
ISBN-10: 0521528941
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 340
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Tom J. De Jong

Tom De Jong is a Professor in the Institute of Biology, Leiden University. His research focuses on aspects of the ecology and evolution of dioecious plants. Peter Klinkhamer is a Professor in the Institute of Biology, Leiden University. His interests include the evolution of monocarpy, optimal defense against herbivory and selective embryo abortion.

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