Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production
Our theoretical understanding of plant reproductive character evolution often onlyimplicitly includes pollinator behavior and the community ecological context of polli-nation. Reciprocal reservations apply to studies of pollinator evolution. I recast selectionmodels to incorporate interaction between plants of one species with the pollinators ofanother, emphasizing primarily the plant perspective. I then include pollination and com-munity processes, such as optimal foraging and interspecific competition for pollinators.This highlights how many models implicitly assume that a plant species exerts a mo-nopoly on its pollinators. Such an assumption is at odds with the observation of wide-spread generalist interactions. Reconsideration of previous literature surveys and studiesof plant–pollinator interaction illustrate this perspective.
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