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Université de Neuchâtel

Benefits and costs to pollinating, seed-eating insects: the effect of flower size and fruit abortion on larval performance

Burkhardt, Anne ; Delph, Lynda F. ; Bernasconi, Giorgina

In: Oecologia, 2009, vol. 161, no. 1, p. 87-98

Plant–pollinator interactions are well-known examples of mutualism, but are not free of antagonism. Antagonistic interactions and defenses or counter-defenses are expected particularly in nursery pollination. In these systems, adult insects, while pollinating, lay their eggs in flowers, and juveniles consume the seeds from one or several fruits, thereby substantially reducing plant fitness. The...