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Hairiness: the missing link between pollinators and pollination

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Autor: Stavert, Jamie R.
Liñán Cembrano, Gustavo
Beggs, Jaqueline, R.
Howlett, Brad G.
Pattemore, David E.
Bartomeus, Ignasi
Fecha: 2016
Publicado en: PeerJ, 4, e2779-.
Tipo de documento: Artículo
Resumen: Background. Functional traits are the primary biotic component driving organism influence on ecosystem functions; in consequence, traits are widely used in ecological research. However, most animal trait-based studies use easy-to-measure characteristics of species that are at best only weakly associated with functions. Animal-mediated pollination is a key ecosystem function and is likely to be influenced by pollinator traits, but to date no one has identified functional traits that are simple to measure and have good predictive power. Methods. Here, we show that a simple, easy to measure trait (hairiness) can predict pollinator effectiveness with high accuracy. We used a novel image analysis method to calculate entropy values for insect body surfaces as a measure of hairiness. We evaluated the power of our method for predicting pollinator effectiveness by regressing pollinator hairiness (entropy) against single visit pollen deposition (SVD) and pollen loads on insects. We used linear ...
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Cita: Stavert, J.R., Liñán Cembrano, G., Beggs, J., Howlett, B.G., Pattemore, D.E. y Bartomeus, I. (2016). Hairiness: the missing link between pollinators and pollination. PeerJ, 4, e2779-.
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URI: https://hdl.handle.net/11441/73759

DOI: 10.7717/peerj.2779

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