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Ecological context influences pollinator deterrence by alkaloids in floral nectar

Author(s): R. J. Gegear, J. S. Manson and J. D. Thomson

Month: May
Year: 2007

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Ecology Letters
Volume: 10
Issue: 5
Pages: 375-382

Article Topic(s): Chemistry,Pollination
Research Setting(s): Laboratory

Species Referenced: Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina jessamine),

Abstract

Evaluates the effects of secondary compounds produced by Gelsemium sempervirens on pollinators. Secondary compounds often protect a plant from herbivory but they can also deter pollinators. Secondary compounds did deter visitation by bumblebees but this depended on the availability and quality of nectar on other flowers.

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R. J. Gegear, J. S. Manson and J. D. Thomson. "Ecological context influences pollinator deterrence by alkaloids in floral nectar." Ecology Letters 10.5 (2007): 375-382.

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