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dc.contributor.author Albrecht, Matthias
dc.contributor.author Schmid, Bernhard
dc.contributor.author Hautier, Yann
dc.contributor.author Müller, Christine B.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-09T19:04:09Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-09T19:04:09Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-03
dc.identifier doi:10.5061/dryad.8gj1c
dc.identifier.citation Albrecht M, Schmid B, Hautier Y, Müller CB (2012) Diverse pollinator communities enhance plant reproductive success. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279(1748): 4845-4852.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10255/dryad.42518
dc.description Understanding the functional consequences of biodiversity loss is a major goal of ecology. Animal-mediated pollination is an essential ecosystem function and service provided to mankind. However, little is known how pollinator diversity could affect pollination services. Using a substitutive design, we experimentally manipulated functional group (FG) and species richness of pollinator communities to investigate their consequences on the reproductive success of an obligate out-crossing model plant species, Raphanus sativus. Both fruit and seed set increased with pollinator FG richness. Furthermore, seed set increased with species richness in pollinator communities composed of a single FG. However, in multiple-FG communities, highest species richness resulted in slightly reduced pollination services compared with intermediate species richness. Our analysis indicates that the presence of social bees, which showed roughly four times higher visitation rates than solitary bees or hoverflies, was an important factor contributing to the positive pollinator diversity–pollination service relationship, in particular, for fruit set. Visitation rate at different daytimes, and less so among flower heights, varied among social bees, solitary bees and hoverflies, indicating a niche complementarity among these pollinator groups. Our study demonstrates enhanced pollination services of diverse pollinator communities at the plant population level and suggests that both the niche complementarity and the presence of specific taxa in a pollinator community drive this positive relationship.
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.8gj1c/1
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.8gj1c/2
dc.relation.haspart doi:10.5061/dryad.8gj1c/3
dc.relation.isreferencedby doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1621
dc.relation.isreferencedby PMID:23034701
dc.title Data from: Diverse pollinator communities enhance plant reproductive success
dc.type Article *
dc.contributor.correspondingAuthor Albrecht, Matthias
prism.publicationName Proceedings of the Royal Society B

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