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Pollination by sexual deception - it takes chemistry to work

Bohman, Björn; Flematti, Gavin R.; Barrow, Russell A.; Pichersky, Eran; Peakall, Rod


Semiochemicals are of paramount importance in sexually deceptive . These plants sexually lure specific male insects as pollinators by chemical and physical mimicry of the female of the pollinator. The strategy has evolved repeatedly in orchids, with a wide diversity of insect groups exploited. Chemical communication systems confirmed by field bioassays include: alkenes and alkanes in bee pollinated Ophrys species, keto-acid and hydroxy-acids in scoliid wasp pollinated O. speculum, and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Current opinion in plant biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.pbi.2016.06.004
Access Rights: Open Access


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