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Annals of Botany

Publication date: 2009-06
Volume: 103 Pages: 1415 - 23
ISSN: 0305-7364, 1095-8290 PMID: 19208669
DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcp026
Publisher: Published for the Annals of Botany Co. by Academic Press

Author:

Herrera, Carlos M
de Vega, Clara ; Canto, Azucena ; Pozo, María

Keywords:

Animals, Colony Count, Microbial, Ecosystem, Flowers, Honey, Pollination, Yeasts, Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Plant Sciences, Bumble-bees, floral nectar, microbial communities, pollination, yeasts, PHYLOGENETICALLY INDEPENDENT CONTRASTS, HELLEBORUS-FOETIDUS RANUNCULACEAE, BELOW-GROUND MUTUALISM, SUGAR COMPOSITION, INTRAPLANT VARIATION, ASCLEPIAS-SYRIACA, COMMON MILKWEED, TOXIC NECTAR, AMINO-ACIDS, PLANTS, Plant Biology & Botany, 0607 Plant Biology, 0602 Ecology, 0705 Forestry Sciences

Abstract:

One peculiarity of floral nectar that remains relatively unexplored from an ecological perspective is its role as a natural habitat for micro-organisms. This study assesses the frequency of occurrence and abundance of yeast cells in floral nectar of insect-pollinated plants from three contrasting plant communities on two continents. Possible correlations between interspecific differences in yeast incidence and pollinator composition are also explored.