Plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran desert: Current knowledge and future research perspectives

Kimberly A. Franklin, Pacifica N. Sommers, Clare E. Aslan, Blanca R. López, Judith L Bronstein, Enriquena Bustamante, Alberto Búrquez, Rodrigo A. Medellín, Brigitte Marazzi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Premise of research. Biotic interactions have long been considered to be of less importance in structuring desert systems than other ecosystem types, but biotic interactions often play a critical role in meeting the challenges posed by the extreme conditions of desert environments. The Sonoran Desert, in particular, is home to several textbook examples of mutualisms, such as the interactions between the iconic saguaro cactus and its bat pollinators. But what do we know about the diversity, ecology, and evolution of plant-animal, plant-plant, and plant-microbe interactions and their impacts on individual plants and plant species in the Sonoran Desert? Methodology. To address this question, we review the published research on seven common kinds of plant biotic interactions by revisiting the respective literature, identifying gaps in our knowledge, and outlining future research directions. Pivotal results. Numerous gaps in our knowledge of plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert were identified. Studies of insect herbivory, bee pollination, and plant-microbe interactions are poorly represented in the Sonoran Desert literature. Across all categories of interaction, few have examined the impacts of interactions on plant fitness or context-dependent variation in the outcomes and strengths of interactions. For the most part, interactions have been studied at single locations and over short periods of time, resulting in an incomplete understanding of their diversity, ecology, and evolution. Conclusions. Plant biotic interactions shape the habitats in which they occur and play an important role in the maintenance of species diversity. Therefore, we call for increased efforts to fill the gaps in our understanding of plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert, with an emphasis on studies linking interactions to plant fitness and the context-dependent nature of interactions. Without this knowledge we have limited capacity to predict the outcomes of global change on species interactions and to develop measures to conserve the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-234
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Plant Sciences
Volume177
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

Fingerprint

Sonoran Desert
desert
fitness
deserts
ecology
microorganisms
cactus
textbook
bat
pollinator
pollinating insects
pollination
herbivory
bee
global change
species diversity
Chiroptera
Apoidea

Keywords

  • Antagonism
  • Arid lands
  • Interspecific interactions
  • Mutualism
  • Natural history
  • Plant-plant interactions
  • Symbiosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

Cite this

Plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran desert : Current knowledge and future research perspectives. / Franklin, Kimberly A.; Sommers, Pacifica N.; Aslan, Clare E.; López, Blanca R.; Bronstein, Judith L; Bustamante, Enriquena; Búrquez, Alberto; Medellín, Rodrigo A.; Marazzi, Brigitte.

In: International Journal of Plant Sciences, Vol. 177, No. 3, 01.03.2016, p. 217-234.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Franklin, KA, Sommers, PN, Aslan, CE, López, BR, Bronstein, JL, Bustamante, E, Búrquez, A, Medellín, RA & Marazzi, B 2016, 'Plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran desert: Current knowledge and future research perspectives', International Journal of Plant Sciences, vol. 177, no. 3, pp. 217-234. https://doi.org/10.1086/684261
Franklin, Kimberly A. ; Sommers, Pacifica N. ; Aslan, Clare E. ; López, Blanca R. ; Bronstein, Judith L ; Bustamante, Enriquena ; Búrquez, Alberto ; Medellín, Rodrigo A. ; Marazzi, Brigitte. / Plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran desert : Current knowledge and future research perspectives. In: International Journal of Plant Sciences. 2016 ; Vol. 177, No. 3. pp. 217-234.
@article{76ebe5ec653d4d79839e493d40fdb7fc,
title = "Plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran desert: Current knowledge and future research perspectives",
abstract = "Premise of research. Biotic interactions have long been considered to be of less importance in structuring desert systems than other ecosystem types, but biotic interactions often play a critical role in meeting the challenges posed by the extreme conditions of desert environments. The Sonoran Desert, in particular, is home to several textbook examples of mutualisms, such as the interactions between the iconic saguaro cactus and its bat pollinators. But what do we know about the diversity, ecology, and evolution of plant-animal, plant-plant, and plant-microbe interactions and their impacts on individual plants and plant species in the Sonoran Desert? Methodology. To address this question, we review the published research on seven common kinds of plant biotic interactions by revisiting the respective literature, identifying gaps in our knowledge, and outlining future research directions. Pivotal results. Numerous gaps in our knowledge of plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert were identified. Studies of insect herbivory, bee pollination, and plant-microbe interactions are poorly represented in the Sonoran Desert literature. Across all categories of interaction, few have examined the impacts of interactions on plant fitness or context-dependent variation in the outcomes and strengths of interactions. For the most part, interactions have been studied at single locations and over short periods of time, resulting in an incomplete understanding of their diversity, ecology, and evolution. Conclusions. Plant biotic interactions shape the habitats in which they occur and play an important role in the maintenance of species diversity. Therefore, we call for increased efforts to fill the gaps in our understanding of plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert, with an emphasis on studies linking interactions to plant fitness and the context-dependent nature of interactions. Without this knowledge we have limited capacity to predict the outcomes of global change on species interactions and to develop measures to conserve the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert region.",
keywords = "Antagonism, Arid lands, Interspecific interactions, Mutualism, Natural history, Plant-plant interactions, Symbiosis",
author = "Franklin, {Kimberly A.} and Sommers, {Pacifica N.} and Aslan, {Clare E.} and L{\'o}pez, {Blanca R.} and Bronstein, {Judith L} and Enriquena Bustamante and Alberto B{\'u}rquez and Medell{\'i}n, {Rodrigo A.} and Brigitte Marazzi",
year = "2016",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1086/684261",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "177",
pages = "217--234",
journal = "International Journal of Plant Sciences",
issn = "1058-5893",
publisher = "University of Chicago",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran desert

T2 - Current knowledge and future research perspectives

AU - Franklin, Kimberly A.

AU - Sommers, Pacifica N.

AU - Aslan, Clare E.

AU - López, Blanca R.

AU - Bronstein, Judith L

AU - Bustamante, Enriquena

AU - Búrquez, Alberto

AU - Medellín, Rodrigo A.

AU - Marazzi, Brigitte

PY - 2016/3/1

Y1 - 2016/3/1

N2 - Premise of research. Biotic interactions have long been considered to be of less importance in structuring desert systems than other ecosystem types, but biotic interactions often play a critical role in meeting the challenges posed by the extreme conditions of desert environments. The Sonoran Desert, in particular, is home to several textbook examples of mutualisms, such as the interactions between the iconic saguaro cactus and its bat pollinators. But what do we know about the diversity, ecology, and evolution of plant-animal, plant-plant, and plant-microbe interactions and their impacts on individual plants and plant species in the Sonoran Desert? Methodology. To address this question, we review the published research on seven common kinds of plant biotic interactions by revisiting the respective literature, identifying gaps in our knowledge, and outlining future research directions. Pivotal results. Numerous gaps in our knowledge of plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert were identified. Studies of insect herbivory, bee pollination, and plant-microbe interactions are poorly represented in the Sonoran Desert literature. Across all categories of interaction, few have examined the impacts of interactions on plant fitness or context-dependent variation in the outcomes and strengths of interactions. For the most part, interactions have been studied at single locations and over short periods of time, resulting in an incomplete understanding of their diversity, ecology, and evolution. Conclusions. Plant biotic interactions shape the habitats in which they occur and play an important role in the maintenance of species diversity. Therefore, we call for increased efforts to fill the gaps in our understanding of plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert, with an emphasis on studies linking interactions to plant fitness and the context-dependent nature of interactions. Without this knowledge we have limited capacity to predict the outcomes of global change on species interactions and to develop measures to conserve the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert region.

AB - Premise of research. Biotic interactions have long been considered to be of less importance in structuring desert systems than other ecosystem types, but biotic interactions often play a critical role in meeting the challenges posed by the extreme conditions of desert environments. The Sonoran Desert, in particular, is home to several textbook examples of mutualisms, such as the interactions between the iconic saguaro cactus and its bat pollinators. But what do we know about the diversity, ecology, and evolution of plant-animal, plant-plant, and plant-microbe interactions and their impacts on individual plants and plant species in the Sonoran Desert? Methodology. To address this question, we review the published research on seven common kinds of plant biotic interactions by revisiting the respective literature, identifying gaps in our knowledge, and outlining future research directions. Pivotal results. Numerous gaps in our knowledge of plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert were identified. Studies of insect herbivory, bee pollination, and plant-microbe interactions are poorly represented in the Sonoran Desert literature. Across all categories of interaction, few have examined the impacts of interactions on plant fitness or context-dependent variation in the outcomes and strengths of interactions. For the most part, interactions have been studied at single locations and over short periods of time, resulting in an incomplete understanding of their diversity, ecology, and evolution. Conclusions. Plant biotic interactions shape the habitats in which they occur and play an important role in the maintenance of species diversity. Therefore, we call for increased efforts to fill the gaps in our understanding of plant biotic interactions in the Sonoran Desert, with an emphasis on studies linking interactions to plant fitness and the context-dependent nature of interactions. Without this knowledge we have limited capacity to predict the outcomes of global change on species interactions and to develop measures to conserve the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert region.

KW - Antagonism

KW - Arid lands

KW - Interspecific interactions

KW - Mutualism

KW - Natural history

KW - Plant-plant interactions

KW - Symbiosis

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84961246231&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84961246231&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1086/684261

DO - 10.1086/684261

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84961246231

VL - 177

SP - 217

EP - 234

JO - International Journal of Plant Sciences

JF - International Journal of Plant Sciences

SN - 1058-5893

IS - 3

ER -