Dec 04, 2018
Herbivory-Induced Effects on Pollinator Communities: Consequences for Plant
Luis Aguirre, a student of Lynn Adler in the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Program, studied the effect that herbivory has on the successful pollination of other plants in the community. He hypothesed that herbivory reduces the fidelity of pollinators to their preferred species and that this behavioral change would reduce successful pollination of neighboring plant species. He setup paired study plots where milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) was the dominant plant and snipped leaves to simulate herbivory. He did find changes in the composition of pollinators on other plant species.
Read his report below.