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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
Publication Type: Article
Article Topic(s): Disturbance, Pollination
Research Setting(s): Cedar Glades
Species Referenced: Yucca filamentosa (Adam's needle),
AbstractExamines 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 CitationD. 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.