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Pollination and Floral Ecology$
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Pat Willmer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691128610

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691128610.001.0001

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The Interactions of Pollination and Herbivory

The Interactions of Pollination and Herbivory

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(p.554) Chapter 25 The Interactions of Pollination and Herbivory
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Pollination and Floral Ecology
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Pat Willmer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691128610.003.0025

This chapter explores the effects of pollination on herbivory and vice versa. When herbivores and pollinators are both active on plants, there is much scope for differential selection on plant traits, and pollinator-mediated selection can sometimes be overwhelmed by opposing selective forces operating due to herbivory. This can result in increased genetic variation and a compromise phenotype and could potentially promote generalization in the flowers. The chapter examines the balance between these potentially conflicting selective influences on a flowering plant, from both florivores and more general herbivores, and some ways in which the conflicts can be resolved. It first considers the effects of florivory on pollinators and the effects of herbivory on flowering and pollination before discussing defenses against florivory and herbivory affecting flowers.

Keywords:   pollination, herbivory, herbivore, pollinator, plant, selection, flower, florivore, florivory, flowering

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