The Flowering of Australia's Rainforests provides an overview of pollination in Australian rainforests, especially subtropical rainforests. It also examines the plant-pollinator relationships found in rainforests worldwide.
The Flowering of Australia's Rainforests progresses through introductory and popular sections that cover pollination in lore and legend; plant and flower evolution and development; and the role and function of colour, fragrance and form. Later chapters deal with breeding systems; mimicry; spatial, temporal and structural influences on plant-pollinator interactions; and a discussion and overview of floral syndromes. The book concludes with a section on conservation and fragmentation, and individual plant pollination case studies.
Illustrated with colour photographs of major species, this reference work will be treasured by field naturalists, ecologists, conservation biologists, botanists, ecosystem managers, environmentalists, community groups and individuals involved in habitat restoration, students, and those with a broad interest in natural history.
Community groups and individuals involved in habitat restoration
Those with a broad interest in natural history
"… an excellent text for anyone wanting to know the whys and wherefores of the relationship between plants and pollinators that has given us such diverse ecosystems.”
R.G. Richardson, Meredith, Plant Protection Quarterly Vol.26(4) 2011, p. 152
"...I do rate this as a useful book and value its presence on my bookshelf. As the "only game in town" it will be an essential reference for anyone working on the pollination biology of Australian species and ecosystem…"
Peter Weston, Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 147–8 (June–September 2011), pp. 21-23
"As an absolute lover of all aspects of plant ecology, I find pollination ecology and breeding systems are fascinatingly complex, as well as being key components of a taxon’s persistence and evolutionary potential. This book tantalises those fascinations. The importance of this book to consultants, decision makers, evolutionists, conservationists and bush regenerators should not be underestimated."
Maria Matthes, Australasian Plant Conservation, Vol 19 No 1, Jul-Aug 2010
Geoff Williams is a pollination ecologist and conservation biologist, with an additional background in entomology and invertebrate biogeography. He received a PhD from the University of New South Wales, is a Research Associate with the Australian Museum (Sydney), and has particular interests in the pollination of rainforest plants, ecosystem management and forest rehabilitation. He has received a number of awards for contributions to entomology and rainforest regeneration, and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for research into Australia's biodiversity, and habitat restoration.
Paul Adam is a botanist, plant geographer and ecologist, and received his PhD from Cambridge University. He holds a senior academic position with the University of New South Wales, and was awarded honorary membership in the general division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contributions to science, biodiversity conservation and science education. He is a Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales and received the Gold Medal of the Ecological Society of Australia. Paul has particular research interests in wetlands and rainforest.