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Effect of pollinator-inflicted ovule damage on floral abscission in the yucca-yucca moth mutualism: the role of mechanical and chemical factors

Author(s): D. L. Marr and O. Pellmyr

Month: Jul
Year: 2003

Publication Type: Article
Journal: Oecologia
Volume: 136
Issue: 2
Pages: 236-243

Article Topic(s): Disturbance, Pollination
Research Setting(s): Cedar Glades

Species Referenced: Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle),

Abstract

Examines the relationship between Yucca filamentosa and its moth pollinator, Tegeticula yuccasella. In addition to pollinating Y. filamentosa, T. yuccasella also lays eggs inside the Y. filamentosa developing fruit. Flowers of Y. filamentosa with high moth egg loads are more likely to abscise. This study suggests that the physical damage to the Y. filamentosa caused by the moth laying eggs serves as a trigger for abscission.

Suggested Citation

D. L. Marr and O. Pellmyr. "Effect of pollinator-inflicted ovule damage on floral abscission in the yucca-yucca moth mutualism: the role of mechanical and chemical factors." Oecologia 136.2 (2003): 236-243.

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ISSN: 0029-8549
DOI: 10.1007/s00442-003-1279-3

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