Active pollinator choice by Heliconia 'fits the bill'

Judith L Bronstein, Sarah K. Richman

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Abstract

A new study documents that a tropical plant only reproduces when pollen has been deposited by a visitor capable of extracting nectar from its deep flowers. Large, long-billed hummingbirds generally carry greater quantities of, and more genetically diverse, pollen. Thus, plants can exert more active partner choice than previously considered possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-404
Number of pages2
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Coevolution
  • Hummingbird
  • Mutualism
  • Partner choice
  • Pollination
  • Reproduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science

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