|The invasive Giant Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) - Photo: A. Vervoort|
11 December, 2012
Facilitation or competition for pollination between invasive and native plant species?
by Valérie Cawoy et al.
Plant species that
invaded regions where they did not occur before can have deleterious effects on
the native flora. They are often ‘supergeneralists’ that attract large numbers
of insects with high amounts of nectar and pollen. This may lure pollinators away
from co-flowering native species in the surroundings. Consequently, these
native species receive less visits and less pollen is transferred, which could
lead to reduced fruit and seed production. On the other hand, so-called
facilitation effects have been also observed, where the invaders attract
pollinators to a patch of flowering plants and may thus increase flower visits
to native species.
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