Ecology of Plastic Flowers

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Abstract

Plant phenotypic plasticity in response to herbivore attack includes changes in flower traits. Such herbivore-induced changes in flower traits have consequences for interactions with flower visitors. We synthesize here current knowledge on the specificity of herbivore-induced changes in flower traits, the underlying molecular mechanisms, and the ecological consequences for flower-associated communities. Herbivore-induced changes in flower traits seem to be largely herbivore species-specific. The extensive plasticity observed in flowers influences a highly connected web of interactions within the flower-associated community. We argue that the adaptive value of herbivore-induced plant responses and flower plasticity can be fully understood only from a community perspective rather than from pairwise interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-740
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Volume24
Issue number6
Early online date13 Jun 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019

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Keywords

  • flower traits
  • flower visitors
  • herbivore-induced plant responses
  • phenotypic plasticity
  • plant defense
  • specificity

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Rusman, Quint ; Lucas-Barbosa, Dani ; Poelman, Erik H. ; Dicke, Marcel. / Ecology of Plastic Flowers. In: Trends in Plant Science. 2019 ; Vol. 24, No. 6. pp. 725-740.
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Ecology of Plastic Flowers. / Rusman, Quint; Lucas-Barbosa, Dani; Poelman, Erik H.; Dicke, Marcel.

In: Trends in Plant Science, Vol. 24, No. 6, 08.2019, p. 725-740.

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