Université de Neuchâtel

The composition and timing of flower odour emission by wild Petunia axillaris coincide with the antennal perception and nocturnal activity of the pollinator Manduca sexta

Hoballah, Maria Elena ; Stuurman, Jeroen ; Turlings, Ted C. J. ; Guerin, Patrick M. ; Connétable, Sophie ; Kuhlemeier, Cris

In: Planta, 2005, vol. 222, p. 141-150

In the genus Petunia, distinct pollination syndromes may have evolved in association with bee-visitation (P. integrifolia spp.) or hawk moth-visitation (P. axillaris spp). We investigated the extent of congruence between floral fragrance and olfactory perception of the hawk moth Manduca sexta. Hawk moth pollinated P. axillaris releases high levels of several...