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Data from: There is more to pollinator-mediated selection than pollen limitation

Citation

Sletvold, Nina; Ågren, Jon (2014), Data from: There is more to pollinator-mediated selection than pollen limitation, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.30dn3

Abstract

Spatial variation in pollinator-mediated selection (Δβpoll) is a major driver of floral diversification, but we lack a quantitative understanding of its link to pollen limitation and net selection on floral traits. For 2-5 years, we quantified Δβpoll on floral traits in two populations each of two orchid species differing in pollen limitation. In both species, spatio-temporal variation in Δβpoll explained much of the variation in net selection. Selection was consistently stronger and the proportion that was pollinator-mediated was higher in the severely pollen-limited deceptive species than in the rewarding species. Within species, variation in pollen limitation could not explain variation in Δβpoll for any trait, indicating that factors influencing the functional relationship between trait variation and pollination success govern a major part of the observed variation in Δβpoll. Separating the effects of variation in mean interaction intensity and in the functional significance of traits will be necessary to understand spatio-temporal variation in selection exerted by the biotic environment.

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