Arranging the bouquet of disease: floral traits and the transmission of plant and animal pathogens.

@article{McArt2014ArrangingTB,
  title={Arranging the bouquet of disease: floral traits and the transmission of plant and animal pathogens.},
  author={Scott H McArt and Hauke Koch and Rebecca E Irwin and Lynn S Adler},
  journal={Ecology letters},
  year={2014},
  volume={17 5},
  pages={
          624-36
        }
}
Several floral microbes are known to be pathogenic to plants or floral visitors such as pollinators. Despite the ecological and economic importance of pathogens deposited in flowers, we often lack a basic understanding of how floral traits influence disease transmission. Here, we provide the first systematic review regarding how floral traits attract vectors (for plant pathogens) or hosts (for animal pathogens), mediate disease establishment and evolve under complex interactions with plant… CONTINUE READING
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