Pollination ecology of Agave macroacantha (Agavaceae) in a Mexican tropical desert. II. The role of pollinators.

@article{Arizaga2000PollinationEO,
  title={Pollination ecology of Agave macroacantha (Agavaceae) in a Mexican tropical desert. II. The role of pollinators.},
  author={Santiago Arizaga and Exequiel Ezcurra and Elizabeth A. Peters and F R de Arellano and Ernesto Vega},
  journal={American journal of botany},
  year={2000},
  volume={87 7},
  pages={1011-7}
}
We did a series of observational studies and manipulative experiments on the guild of nocturnal visitors of Agave macroacantha, including (1) a description of the hourly patterns of visits by moths and bats, (2) an evaluation of the relative contribution of bats and moths to flowering success, and (3) an evaluation of the pollination efficiency of the different bat species. Scapes exposed to moths but excluded to bats yielded ∼50% fewer fruits than those exposed to both pollinator groups… CONTINUE READING

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