Pollination biology and its clear relationship to sexual activity made it a difficult subject in Victorian times. The notion that plants might have sex lives was too much. Research was delayed by prudery, religious beliefs and Ignorance. Plants were always considered to be pristine and beyond immoral doings. Understanding was long delayed as a consequence. The invention of the microscopes made its resolution possible.
Pollination, the process of plant fertilisation, has a long evolutionary history and many plants have developed close, symbiotic relationships with animals to facilitate successful fertilisation and guarantee their continued survival. Many plants have also taken advantage of wind and water to achieve pollination. The evolution of pollination strategies from simple anemophily (wind pollination) to some bizarre and amazing, if not extreme, mutual adaptations will be covered. Once angiosperms appeared circa 140 MYBP the planet and its biota were to change dramatically.
Speaker Maxwell Campbell has been a biologist and active naturalist for over 50 years and is currently President of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (5 years). Numerous images of insect and other pollinators will feature (such as the busy little flies at right).
Prices: Members $20, non-members $25 and students $10.
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