The significance of ant and plant traits for ant pollination in Leporella fimbriata

@article{Peakall1990TheSO,
  title={The significance of ant and plant traits for ant pollination in Leporella fimbriata},
  author={Rod Peakall and Craig J. Angus and Andrew J. Beattie},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1990},
  volume={84},
  pages={457-460}
}
Ant metapleural glands secrete surface antibiotics that affect pollen as well as bacteria and fungi. This may be one reason why ant pollination is rare. It is predicted that pollination by ants is possible only in the presence of certain ant and/or plant traits. Two traits are investigated; first, absence of the metapleural glands, and second, the presence of stigmatic secretions that insulate pollen from the ant integument. The pollinator of the orchid Leporella fimbriata is the ant Myrmecia… CONTINUE READING
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