Annals of Botany

Effect of nectar robbing on a pollinator-dependent plant

Nectar robbing commonly has negative consequences for the reproductive success of plants.

Lonicera etruscas superba
Lonicera etruscas superba

Because total plant fitness is the result of both female and male functions, Rojas-Nossa et al. studied the effect of nectar robbing on several variables used to characterize both sexual functions of Lonicera etrusca, a pollinator-dependent plant with long tubular flowers that produce abundant nectar. Although nectar robbing was very frequent, no negative consequence for plant reproductive success was found. They propose a combination of morphological and ecological mechanisms that allow plants to compensate for the energetic loss caused by robbers.

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