Disentangling the role of floral sensory stimuli in pollination networks

Kantsa, A, Raguso, R, Dyer, A, Olesen, J, Tscheulin, T and Petanidou, T 2018, 'Disentangling the role of floral sensory stimuli in pollination networks', Nature Communications, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1-13.

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Title Disentangling the role of floral sensory stimuli in pollination networks
Author(s) Kantsa, A
Raguso, R
Dyer, A
Olesen, J
Tscheulin, T
Petanidou, T
Year 2018
Journal name Nature Communications
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Nature
Abstract Despite progress in understanding pollination network structure, the functional roles of floral sensory stimuli (visual, olfactory) have never been addressed comprehensively in a community context, even though such traits are known to mediate plant-pollinator interactions. Here, we use a comprehensive dataset of floral traits and a novel dynamic data-pooling methodology to explore the impacts of floral sensory diversity on the structure of a pollination network in a Mediterranean scrubland. Our approach tracks transitions in the network behaviour of each plant species throughout its flowering period and, despite dynamism in visitor composition, reveals significant links to floral scent, and/or colour as perceived by pollinators. Having accounted for floral phenology, abundance and phylogeny, the persistent association between floral sensory traits and visitor guilds supports a deeper role for sensory bias and diffuse coevolution in structuring plant-pollinator networks. This knowledge of floral sensory diversity, by identifying the most influential phenotypes, could help prioritize efforts for plant-pollinator community restoration.
Subject Community Ecology
Virtual Reality and Related Simulation
Artificial Life
Keyword(s) flower-visitor interactions
mutualistic networks
phylogenetic analysis
coevolutionary networks
ecological networks
nested structure
DOI - identifier 10.1038/s41467-018-03448-w
Copyright notice © 2018 The Author(s). Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internationa License.
ISSN 2041-1723
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