The birds, the bees, and the virtual flowers: can pollinator behavior drive ecological speciation in flowering plants?

@article{Gegear2007TheBT,
  title={The birds, the bees, and the virtual flowers: can pollinator behavior drive ecological speciation in flowering plants?},
  author={Robert J. Gegear and James G. Burns},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2007},
  volume={170 4},
  pages={551-66}
}
Biologists have long assumed that pollinator behavior is an important force in angiosperm speciation, yet there is surprisingly little direct evidence that floral preferences in pollinators can drive floral divergence and the evolution of reproductive (ethological) isolation between incipient plant species. In this study, we expose computer-generated plant populations with a wide variation in flower color to selection by live and virtual hummingbirds and bumblebees and track evolutionary… CONTINUE READING
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