Deconstructing pollinator community effectiveness

Willcox, Bryony K., Aizen, Marcelo A., Cunningham, Saul A., Mayfield, Margaret M. and Rader, Romina (2017) Deconstructing pollinator community effectiveness. Current Opinion in Insect Science, 21 98-104. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2017.05.012

Author Willcox, Bryony K.
Aizen, Marcelo A.
Cunningham, Saul A.
Mayfield, Margaret M.
Rader, Romina
Title Deconstructing pollinator community effectiveness
Journal name Current Opinion in Insect Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2214-5745
Publication date 2017-06-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.cois.2017.05.012
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Start page 98
End page 104
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 1105 Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
1109 Insect Science
Abstract Effective pollination is a complex, context-dependent phenomenon determined by both species-level and community-level factors. While pollinator communities are constituted by interacting organisms in a shared environment, these factors are often simplified or overlooked when quantifying species-level pollinator effectiveness alone. Here, we review the recent literature on pollinator effectiveness to identify the pros and cons of existing methods and outline three important areas for future research: plant-pollinator interactions, heterospecific pollen transfer and variation in pollination outcomes. We conclude that pollinator community effectiveness needs to be acknowledged as a key property of pollination effectiveness in order to fully account for the suite of plant, pollinator and environmental factors known to influence different stages of successful pollination.
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