Plant attractants: integrating insights from pollination and seed dispersal ecology

Kim Valenta, Omer Nevo, Carlos Martel, Colin A. Chapman

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Reproduction in many angiosperms depends on attracting animals that provide pollination and seed dispersal services. Flowers and fleshy fruits present various features that can attract animal mutualists through visual, olfactory, acoustic, and tactile cues and signals, and some of these traits may result from selection exerted by pollinators and seed dispersers. Plant attractants can provide information regarding the presence, location, and quality of the reward. However, because of the different functional outcomes of pollination and seed dispersal, pollination systems are thought to be more highly specialized than seed dispersal systems. Despite these interesting parallels and contrasts, theoretical and empirical insights in the sensory ecology of pollination and seed dispersal are rarely considered together. Here, we review extant theory and data of sensory attractants from both pollination and seed dispersal systems. We discuss theoretical and empirical similarities and differences between pollination and seed dispersal and offer suggestions for ways in which insights from each field may benefit the other in future.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)249-267
Número de páginas19
PublicaciónEvolutionary Ecology
EstadoPublicada - 1 abr. 2017
Publicado de forma externa


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