This course will provide students with broad insights into pollinator biology, evolution, economic importance, and conservation. Knowledge of pollination biology is thus broadly relevant, with applications in the fields of ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, entomology, and horticulture. This course will provide students with a fundamental understanding of animal-mediated pollination, focusing on (1) plant and pollinator diversity, biology, a(2) the ecology and evolution of plant-pollinator relationships including pollination syndromes, mutualisms, and evolutionary strategies of generalists and specialists, (3) foraging economics and learning behavior, (4) the important contributions pollinators make to natural ecosystems and agriculture
Course Content (Syllabus)
The necessity of pollination of cultivated crop plants -economics of plant pollination. Flowering and fruting of plant. The sexuality of plants. Cross-pollination. Abiotic pollination. Biotic pollination. Insect and plants relationships. Characteristics of insect-pollinated plants. Insects pollinators. Crop requirement for pollination and pollination improvement measurer
Pollination, pollinators, flowering, gross-pollination, crop pollination, rearing pollinators.