Plant/Pollinator Interactions in Fragmented Landscapes
Byers, Diane , Skogen, Krissa A. , Koptur, Suzanne .
Plant/Pollinator Interactions in Fragmented Landscapes.
Natural areas around the world have become highly fragmented due to land use changes associated with human activities. This habitat fragmentation has often resulted in multiple patches of natural areas that vary in size and are separated by a matrix of unsuitable environment for native species. Mutualistic interactions between plants and their pollinators are essential for seed production and outcrossing for many species. We propose that these mutualistic interactions will be disrupted by the negative consequences of these highly fragmented landscapes, compared to more pristine situations. Pollinators, particularly bees, have recently significantly declined in abundance. As the abundance of all species is predicted to decline in fragmented environments, the focus on pollinators is particularly timely. We will bring together researchers from different parts of the Americas to present their current research and share ideas on the consequences of habitat fragmentation for the plant-pollinator interactions in their system.
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1 - Illinois State University, School of Biological Sciences, Campus Box 4120, Normal, IL, 61790-4120, USA
2 - Chicago Botanic Garden, Division of Plant Science and Conservation, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, 60022, USA
3 - Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, 11200 SW 8th St., University Park Campus, Miami, FL, 33199, USA
plant - pollinator interactions
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: 552B/Convention Center
Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Time: 1:30 PM