Balancing anti-herbivore benefits and anti-pollinator costs of defensive mutualists

@inproceedings{JOHANNA2014BalancingAB,
  title={Balancing anti-herbivore benefits and anti-pollinator costs of defensive mutualists},
  author={JOHANNA and R. and Ohm and Tom and E. X. and Miller},
  year={2014}
}
  • JOHANNA, R., +3 authors Miller
  • Published 2014
Quantifying costs and benefits of ostensibly mutualistic interactions is an important step toward understanding their evolutionary trajectories. In food-for-protection interactions between ants and extrafloral nectar (EFN)-bearing plants, tending by aggressive ants may deter herbivores, but it may also deter pollinators. The fitness costs of pollinator deterrence are not straightforward for long-lived iteroparous plants, because reproductive vital rates often contribute weakly to fitness… CONTINUE READING

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