Distasteful Nectar Deters Floral Robbery

@article{Barlow2017DistastefulND,
  title={Distasteful Nectar Deters Floral Robbery},
  author={Sarah E Barlow and G. Wright and Carolyn Ma and M. Barberis and I. Farrell and E. Marr and Alice Brankin and B. Pavlik and P. Stevenson},
  journal={Current Biology},
  year={2017},
  volume={27},
  pages={2552-2558.e3}
}
Toxic nectar is an ecological paradox [1, 2]. Plants divert substantial resources to produce nectar that attracts pollinators [3], but toxins in this reward could disrupt the mutualism and reduce plant fitness [4]. Alternatively, such compounds could protect nectar from robbers [2], provided that they do not significantly alter pollinator visitation to the detriment of plant fitness [1, 5-8]. Indeed, very few studies have investigated the role of plant toxins in nectar for defense against… Expand
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