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Keyword: floral traits

Floral scent guides bee-flower interactions and explains seasonal patterns in communities

Science Spotlights Posted on: October 21, 2019
In diverse communities, bees visit flowers of plants, forming complex webs of interactions. The structure of these webs can tell us about how communities function and guide their conservation and restoration, yet we know little about the cues that regulate these webs. We analyzed floral scent of 47 plant species and bee visitors across the growing season in a meadow community and found that floral scent is a key cue structuring bee-forb interactions. 

Drought and increased CO2 alter floral visual and olfactory traits with context-dependent effects on pollinator visitation

Publications Posted on: April 26, 2018
Climate change can alter species interactions essential for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function, such as pollination. Understanding the interactive effects of multiple abiotic conditions on floral traits and pollinator visitation are important to anticipate the implications of climate change on pollinator services.