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Federico Delpino

Federico Delpino
Federico Delpino c. late 1800s
Born December 27, 1833 (1833-12-27)
Chiavari, Liguria
Died 1905 (1906)
Naples
Nationality Italian
Fields Botany

Frederico Delpino (Giacomo Giuseppe Federico Delpino 27 December 1833 - 1905) was an Italian botanist who made very important observations on the pollination of flowers by insects. It was he who first recognized the important concept of the pollination syndrome.

Career

Originally a student of mathematics at Genoa, in 1851 he undertook a botanical journey to Constantinople (now Istanbul) and Odessa. In 1871 he was appointed to the Forestry School at Vallombrosa, and in 1875 to the Professorship of Botany at Genoa and later to a Professorship at Naples.

He was one of the founders of modern floral biology along with Hermann Müller and corresponded with Charles Darwin from 1867 onwards. He pioneered the concept of pollination syndrome.[1] In 1869 he criticised Darwin's theory of pangenesis,[2] to which Darwin responded.[3]

See also

Scientific Works

  • Delpino F (1867) Sugli apparecchi della fecondazione nelle piante antocarpee.
  • Delpino F (1968) Ulteriori osservazioni sulla dicogamia nel regno vegetale.
  • Delpino, F (1869) Sulla darwiniana teoria della pangenesi. Rivista Contemporanea LVI: 196-204 & LVII: 25-38.
  • Delpino F (1874) Ulteriori osservazioni e considerazioni sulla dicogamia nel regno vegetale. 2 (IV). Delle piante zooifile. Atti. Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. 16:151–349.

References

External links

  • Letter 5622 Delpino, Federico to Darwin, C. R., 5 Sept 1867
  • Pangenesis - Mr. Darwin's reply to Professor Delpino

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