29 May, 2017

Contrasting pollination efficiency and effectiveness among flower visitors

by Anna Gorenflo et al.

Bombus lapidarius visiting Borago officinalis

Flower visitation is a commonly used parameter to describe pollination performances. However, not all flower visitors transfer pollen, and species differ in the amount of conspecific pollen transferred to stigmas. Quantifying pollination performances of flower visitors is thus needed for identifying appropriate pollinators for agricultural systems, interpreting patterns of specialisation and generalisation, and predicting ecological and economic consequences of pollinator loss or invasions.
We analysed conspecific pollen deposition on stigmas to determine the efficiencies of flower visitors to the plant species Malva sylvestris, Borago officinalis, and Onobrychis viciifolia

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