Plant–Pollinator Interactions in Naturally Fragmented Habitats

Amy T. Wolf and Robbin Thorp

in Serpentine

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780520268357
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948457 | DOI:
Plant–Pollinator Interactions in Naturally Fragmented Habitats

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This chapter explores the characteristics of pollinator networks in serpentine landscapes and asks whether these networks can help us understand plant–pollinator interactions elsewhere. The answer to this question is important because many natural habitats are becoming increasingly fragmented as a result of human activities. Preliminary research suggests that serpentine might provide a model system for understanding the multiscale dynamics and other important aspects of species interactions. Although serpentine plants experience strong selection for survival in a harsh environment, at least some serpentine species are obligate outcrossers and require animal vectors for sexual reproduction. Hence, pollination is an important feature of plant ecology in serpentine landscapes.

Keywords: pollinator networks; serpentine landscapes; pollination; plant ecology

Chapter.  9038 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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