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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2011 Aug;14(4):429-34. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2011.03.023. Epub 2011 Apr 27.

Back to the past for pollination biology.

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Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Ecology, Hans-Knöll Straße 8, 07745 Jena, Germany.

Abstract

Manipulations of the interactions between plants and their floral visitors remain the most successful path to an understanding of floral traits, which may have been shaped by both herbivores and pollinators. By using genetic tools in combination with old-fashioned field work the dual protective/advertisement functions of floral traits are being realized. The distinction between wanted and unwanted floral visitors is blurring, and plants with specialized pollination systems are being found capable of using alternative pollinators if the specialized pollinators fail to perform.

PMID:
21530365
DOI:
10.1016/j.pbi.2011.03.023
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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