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The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness

Carvalheiro, Luísa Gigante, Biesmeijer, Jacobus Christiaan, Benadi, Gita, Fründ, Jochen, Stang, Martina, Bartomeus, Ignasi, Kaiser-Bunbury, Christpher N, Baude, Mathilde, Gomes, Sofia IF, Merckx, Vincent, Baldock, Katherine CR, Bennett, Andrew TD, Boada, Ruth, Bommarco, Riccardo, Cartar, Ralph, Chacoff, Natacha, Dänhardt, Juliana, Dicks, Lynn V, Dormann, Carsten F, Ekroos, Johan, Henson, Kate SE, Holzschuh, Andrea, Junker, Robert R, Lopezaraiza-Mikel, Martha, Memmott, Jane, Montero-Castaño, Ana, Nelson, Isabel L, Petanidou, Theodora, Power, Eileen F, Rundlöf, Maj, Smith, Henrik G, Stout, Jane C, Temitope, Kehinde, Tscharntke, Teja, Tscheulin, Thomas, Vilà, Montserrat and Kunin, William E 2014, The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness, Ecology letters, vol. 17, no. 11, pp. 1389-1399, doi: 10.1111/ele.12342.

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Title The potential for indirect effects between co-flowering plants via shared pollinators depends on resource abundance, accessibility and relatedness
Author(s) Carvalheiro, Luísa Gigante
Biesmeijer, Jacobus Christiaan
Benadi, Gita
Fründ, Jochen
Stang, Martina
Bartomeus, Ignasi
Kaiser-Bunbury, Christpher N
Baude, Mathilde
Gomes, Sofia IF
Merckx, Vincent
Baldock, Katherine CR
Bennett, Andrew TDORCID iD for Bennett, Andrew TD orcid.org/0000-0001-8512-2805
Boada, Ruth
Bommarco, Riccardo
Cartar, Ralph
Chacoff, Natacha
Dänhardt, Juliana
Dicks, Lynn V
Dormann, Carsten F
Ekroos, Johan
Henson, Kate SE
Holzschuh, Andrea
Junker, Robert R
Lopezaraiza-Mikel, Martha
Memmott, Jane
Montero-Castaño, Ana
Nelson, Isabel L
Petanidou, Theodora
Power, Eileen F
Rundlöf, Maj
Smith, Henrik G
Stout, Jane C
Temitope, Kehinde
Tscharntke, Teja
Tscheulin, Thomas
Vilà, Montserrat
Kunin, William E
Journal name Ecology letters
Volume number 17
Issue number 11
Start page 1389
End page 1399
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2014-11-01
ISSN 1461-023X
1461-0248
Keyword(s) Facilitation
Floral traits
Flower density
Flower resources
Indirect interactions
Interspecific competition
Morphological similarity
Nectar
Phylogenetic distance
Plant-pollinator networks
Summary Co-flowering plant species commonly share flower visitors, and thus have the potential to influence each other's pollination. In this study we analysed 750 quantitative plant-pollinator networks from 28 studies representing diverse biomes worldwide. We show that the potential for one plant species to influence another indirectly via shared pollinators was greater for plants whose resources were more abundant (higher floral unit number and nectar sugar content) and more accessible. The potential indirect influence was also stronger between phylogenetically closer plant species and was independent of plant geographic origin (native vs. non-native). The positive effect of nectar sugar content and phylogenetic proximity was much more accentuated for bees than for other groups. Consequently, the impact of these factors depends on the pollination mode of plants, e.g. bee or fly pollinated. Our findings may help predict which plant species have the greatest importance in the functioning of plant-pollination networks.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ele.12342
Field of Research 060801 Animal Behaviour
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072157

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