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Back to the past for pollination biology

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Kessler,  Danny
Department of Molecular Ecology, Prof. I. T. Baldwin, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Baldwin,  Ian Thomas
Department of Molecular Ecology, Prof. I. T. Baldwin, MPI for Chemical Ecology, Max Planck Society;

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Kessler, D., & Baldwin, I. T. (2011). Back to the past for pollination biology. Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 14(4), 429-434. doi:10.1016/j.pbi.2011.03.023.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-5127-E
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.