Review

Mutualisms and (a)symmetry in plant-pollinator interactions

Citation

Van Der Kooi CJ, Vallejo-Marín M & Leonhardt SD (2021) Mutualisms and (a)symmetry in plant-pollinator interactions. Current Biology, 31 (2), pp. R91-R99. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.11.020

Abstract
The majority of flowering plants relies on animal pollinators for sexual reproduction and many animal pollinators rely on floral resources. However, interests of plants and pollinators are often not the same, resulting in an asymmetric relationship that ranges from mutualistic to parasitic interactions. Our understanding of the processes that underlie this asymmetry remains fragmentary. In this review, we bring together evidence from evolutionary biology, plant chemistry, biomechanics, sensory ecology and behaviour to illustrate that the degree of symmetry often depends on the perspective taken. We also highlight variation in (a)symmetry within and between plant and pollinator species as well as between (geographic) locations. Through taking different perspectives from the plant and pollinator side we provide new ground for studies on the maintenance and evolution of animal pollination and on the (a)symmetry in plant-pollinator interactions.

Keywords
chemical ecology; biophysics; pollination; reproduction; evolution 30 2

Journal
Current Biology: Volume 31, Issue 2

StatusPublished
FundersThe Leverhulme Trust
Publication date31/01/2021
Publication date online25/01/2021
Date accepted by journal21/10/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31984
ISSN0960-9822
eISSN1879-0445