Chemical signaling of native flowers and their fly pollinators - Réunion- July/Aug 2015

by Florent Martos, postdoctoral fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)

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Indigenous flowers found on remote oceanic islands mostly rely on small flying insects—such as bees, flies or beetles—in order to achieve pollination. The pollinating insects are primarily attracted to the olfactory cues emitted by these flowers in the environment. In the Reunion National Park, the main functional groups of pollinators and the insect species playing key roles in maintaining the natural plant communities have yet to be identified.

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