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The uses of pollen and its implication for Entomology

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Author(s): JONES GRETCHEN D. | JONES STANLEY D.

Journal: Neotropical Entomology
ISSN 1519-566X

Volume: 30;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 314;
Date: 2001;
Original page

Keywords: Pollen | entomopalynology | forensics | aerobiology

ABSTRACT
Palynology is the study of pollen grains produced by seed plants (angiosperms and gymnosperms) and spores (pteridophytes, bryophytes, algae and fungi). It represents the land flora and can be use in many different disciplines. Pollen is distinctive, does not easily decay and is a natural marker. Pollen can be used to determine pollination mechanisms, foraging resources, migration routes and source zones of insects and other pollinators. It provides a means for paleoenvironmental analyses of terrestrial rocks and is of interest to geologists. Pollen also aids in the correlation of terrestrial with marine successions and is used to determine environmental and ecological changes. Recently, palynology is used in forensics. This manuscript introduces the ideas of using pollen in a variety of disciplines, in particular in entomology.

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