Adverse effects on pollen exposed to Atta texana and other North American ants: implications for ant pollination

@article{Hull2004AdverseEO,
  title={Adverse effects on pollen exposed to Atta texana and other North American ants: implications for ant pollination},
  author={Delores A. Hull and Andrew James Beattie},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={75},
  pages={153-155}
}
SummaryThe effects of the surface secretions of eight species of ants on three types of pollen were bioassayed by exposure to the integument of undisturbed, living individuals for 20 min. Ant species included Atta texana which cultures fungi by means of various types of secretions. The frequency of grains showing membrane dysfunction, and therefore reduced viability, was quantified by means of a fluorochromatic test. Comparisons of treated and control samples showed that in 46 out of 50… Expand
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