The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers

Written By: Rob Kesseler, Madeline Harley, Sir Peter Crane
Pollen is ubiquitous: In childhood we all learn a little about plant reproduction and the role of the bee, but few of us are aware of the astonishing diversity of the structure of pollen grains, although these tiny, extraordinary forms have fascinated the scientifically curious since the seventeenth century. These grains are enclosed beyond the accessible beauty of the flower until the moment of release, when they are carried by wind, water, or animal vectors to achieve their purpose, which is procreation.

Starting with a clear explanation of the structure and form of pollen, the authors go on to examine the remarkable events from pollination to fertilization, and the many unseen ways in which pollen impacts our lives. All of this is interwoven with a dazzling array of original images by the authors, created especially for the book.

Pollen is a unique interpretation of a magical world that no other book on the subject has ever been able to achieve.
Format: Hardbound
Publication Date: 6/3/2014
ISBN: 9781608874385
Pages: 264
Trim Size: 8.75 x 8

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Rob Kesseler, Author: Visual artist Rob Kesseler is University of the Arts London Chair in Arts, Design & Science. He has often used plants as a source of inspiration. In 2001 he was appointed NESTA* Fellow at Kew. Since then he has worked with microscopic plant material. He was 2010 Year of Bio-Diversity Fellow at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal. His work has been shown in museums and galleries in the UK, Europe, and North America, including solo exhibitions at The Victoria & Albert Museum, Kew Gardens, and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society and Royal Society of Arts. (*National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). He lives in London, England.

Madeline Harley, Co-Author: Botanist Dr. Madeline Harley was, until her retirement in 2005, Head of the Pollen Research Unit at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Her research work, which is internationally recognized, is concerned mainly with the study of species-specific pollen characteristics in the field of flowering plant evolution and relationships. She has authored or co-authored more than eighty professional articles and books and she has presented her work at numerous international conferences. Dr. Harley is a Fellow of the Linnean Society and holds an Honorary Research Fellowship for her work at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She lives in Calne, United Kingdom.

Sir Peter Crane, Contributor: Sir Peter Crane is the Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. A former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, his research centers on the diversity of plant life, including both living and fossil plants, as well as on plant conservation, current status, and use. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and a member of the German Academy Leopoldina. He currently serves at the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas, and the Missouri Botanical Garden. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.