Type: Chapter

What is pollination and what are pollinators in agriculture?


Seanne Clemente

University of Massachusetts

Lynn Adler

University of Massachusetts

Publication date:

19 December 2022

ID: 9781801467476

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This chapter provides an overview of the history of pollination biology, it begins by discussing the basics of pollination and goes on to discuss pollinators and their diversity. Sections also cover the ecology and evolution of floral traits, domestication and its impact on plant-pollinator relationships and how pollinators can impact agriculture. A section on modern agriculture and pollinators is also provided.

Table of contents

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 The basics of pollination
  • 3 Pollinators and their diversity
  • 4 The ecology and evolution of floral traits
  • 5 Domestication and its impact on plant–pollinator relationships
  • 6 How do pollinators impact agriculture?
  • 7 Modern agriculture and pollinators
  • 8 Conclusion
  • 9 Where to look for further information
  • 10 References