Flowering plants under global pollinator decline

Thomann, M. and Imbert, E. and Devaux, C. and Cheptou, Pierre-Olivier. (2013) Flowering plants under global pollinator decline. Trends in Plant Science. pp. 1-7.

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There is now compelling evidence of a reduction of pollinator richness and density at a global scale. In this opinion article, we argue that such pollinator decline intensifies pollen limitation and reduces plant reproductive success, threatening natural populations of extinction. We use genetic architecture and selection experiments on floral traits and evaluate the potential for plant reproductive strategies to adapt rapidly to new pollination environments. We propose that plant reproductive strategies could adapt to the current pollinator decline by decreasing or increasing their reliance to pollinators, for example, increasing autonomous selfing or reinforcing interactions with pollinators. We further discuss if and how adaptation of plant reproductive strategies can buffer the demographic consequences of pollinator decline, and possibly rescue plant populations from extinction.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This work has been funded by CNRS and the ADEPOL program (FRB funds). M.T. was funded by a grant from the Ministe`re de l’Enseignement Supe´rieur et de la Recherche (France).
Author Affiliation: UMR 5175 CEFE, Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CNRS), 1919 Route de Mende, F-34293 Montpellier Cedex 05, France
Subjects: Plant Production
Plant Physiology and Biochemistry > Plant Physiology
Social Sciences > Plant Physiology and Biochemistry > Plant Physiology
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Balakrishna Garadasu
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2013 09:21
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2013 09:21
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2013.04.002
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/10674

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