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Interest in cycad pollination biology has steadily increased since the 1980s, when the first definitive studies demonstrated that specialist insects were the pollen vectors of their cycad host. In this review several aspects of cycad pollination are discussed briefly, including the known and putative insect pollinators of cycads from different regions, sampling techniques to determine putative pollinator-adult habitats during coning or nonconing season, experiments on cones excluding/including insects or wind to determine their roles in pollination, cone thermogenesis and volatile emission studies, and behavioral studies of insect pollinators. In addition, understudied areas and new research questions and techniques are identified.
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Andrew Vovides was born in London, England in 1944. His parents, both Cypriots, emigrated to London in the mid- 1930s. His early education took place in London and he took engineering diplomas whilst working as an optical instruments engineer for a London based firm. He later took a position as a laboratory technician at the Botany department at Birkbeck College, London University. He obtained an Honors Botany Degree at the University of Wales, Cardiff and in 1975 he emigrated with his Mexican wife Victoria to Mexico, where he took up a research position at the lnstituto de Investigaciones Sobre Recursos Bioricos (IIREB) under Arturo Gomez-Pompa at Xalapa. His first project with Arturo was the foundation of the Jardin Bocinico Francisco Javier Clavijero, inaugurated on 17 February 1977. In 1978, Andrew had a three-month internship at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew where he worked with the Deputy Curator of Living Collections, Ian Beyer, and his staff on the intricacies of running a botanic garden. Andrew was also a founding member and first secretary of the Mexican Association of Botanic Gardens. Andrew became interested in cycads when Arturo Gomez-Pompa invited him to collaborate with John Rces on the Florade Veracruz treatment for Zarniaceae. Andrew was becoming acquainted with Mexican cycads and studying for a Ph.D. on the biology of Mexican cycads at the Botany Dept. at Cardiff. During his course of graduate studies he built up the Mexican National Cycad Collection at the Garden and obtained his Ph.D. in 1988 at a time when IIREB was closed and the Garden passed under the administration of the present lnstituto de Ecologia, A.C. He served a one-year post-doctoral internship at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden with Knut Norstog working on aspects of cycad pollination. Andrew has held scientific positions as a research botanist, botanic garden director and curator at Instituto de Ecologia, and serves as a member IUCN Cycad Specialist Group. He has produced over 100 scientifi Andrew Peter Vovides's Author Page
Alberto Sidney Taylor Blake: 1932-present; Licenciate Biology and Chemistry (University of Panama); MA botany (Indiana University); PhD botany (Indiana University). Associte Botanist (CATIE, Costa Rica: 1964-1967). Professor of Botany (Panama University 1967-present). Head Botany Department (Universidad de Panamá until 1995), extant Research Professor and Graduate Faculty (Full Time). Editor of Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Cycad Biology. Has seen to graduation of almost 40 undergraduates and, at present, with 3 graduate students. Married for 42 years to Isabel Herrera, retired Assistant Professor of Biochemistry (School of Medicine, Universidad de Panamá); two daughters: Melanie and Maritza Taylor and one granddaughter, Mía Victoria. Current interests: research in Cycadophyta and Charophyta, languages. Alberto Sidney Taylor Blake's Author Page