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Non-additive effects of genotypic diversity increase floral abundance and abundance of floral visitors


Genung, MA and Lessard, JP and Brown, CB and Bunn, WA and Cregger, MA and Reynolds, WN and Felker-Quinn, E and Stevenson, ML and Hartley, AS and Crutsinger, GM and Schweitzer, JA and Bailey, JK, Non-additive effects of genotypic diversity increase floral abundance and abundance of floral visitors, PLoS ONE, 5, (1) EJ ISSN 1932-6203 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright: 2010 Genung et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008711


Background In the emerging field of community and ecosystem genetics, genetic variation and diversity in dominant plant species have been shown to play fundamental roles in maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem function. However, the importance of intraspecific genetic variation and diversity to floral abundance and pollinator visitation has received little attention. Methodology/Principal Findings Using an experimental common garden that manipulated genotypic diversity (the number of distinct genotypes per plot) of Solidago altissima, we document that genotypic diversity of a dominant plant can indirectly influence flower visitor abundance. Across two years, we found that 1) plant genotype explained 45% and 92% of the variation in flower visitor abundance in 2007 and 2008, respectively; and 2) plant genotypic diversity had a positive and non-additive effect on floral abundance and the abundance of flower visitors, as plots established with multiple genotypes produced 25% more flowers and received 45% more flower visits than would be expected under an additive model. Conclusions/Significance These results provide evidence that declines in genotypic diversity may be an important but little considered factor for understanding plant-pollinator dynamics, with implications for the global decline in pollinators due to reduced plant diversity in both agricultural and natural ecosystems.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Terrestrial ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Schweitzer, JA (Dr Jen Schweitzer)
UTAS Author:Bailey, JK (Associate Professor Joe Bailey)
ID Code:67452
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:47
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2011-03-03
Last Modified:2011-05-12
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