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When is an asymmetric plant-pollinator relationship symmetrical?

Kindlmann, Pavel, Roberts, David L. (2012) When is an asymmetric plant-pollinator relationship symmetrical? European Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2 (1). pp. 15-18. ISSN 2336-1964. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The Orchidaceae is a highly evolved, pollinator orientated family with some of the most specialized pollination systems. It has been suggested that plant specialization should be considered along with the degree of specialization of the mutualist partners and that both sides of the mutualistic interaction need to be evaluated to gain insights into the response of species to habitat fragmentation. Here we raise the question of reward systems, in particular, species that are pollinated through deception. The model is applied to two specialist plant genera with different means of deception, food and sexual, and compare the levels of decline of the two genera throughout Europe. We show that there is a highly significant difference between Dactylorhiza (food deceptive) and Ophrys (sexually deceptive) in the rate of decline, with Ophrys suffering much stronger decline consistently across Europe.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Dactylorhiza, deception, habitat fragmentation, Ophrys, Orchidaceae
Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: David Roberts
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 08:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:53 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/38420 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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