“Chemical ecology of multispecies mutualisms: implications for plants, bees and agriculture” talk by Leif Richardson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Gund Institute for Ecological Economics Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, University of Vermont. Plant-pollinator mutualisms are embedded in ecological communities, where their outcomes are conditional on interactions among multiple species. Floral rewards for pollinators (e.g., nectar and pollen) often contain plant secondary metabolites, yet these chemicals may be deterrent or toxic to consumers. This research asks how naturally occurring nectar chemicals affect bumble bee consumers, and whether these chemicals could increase plant reproductive success by attracting pollinators.
Lunch will be available at 12:15pm. Visit www.middlebury.edu/academics/bio/news for details.
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