Role of Selective Flower Abortion in the Maintenance of Obligate Pollination Mutualism

Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


Mutualism is an interaction between species, each of which gains benefits that have costs for the other. Such interactions are ubiquitous in nature and often play important roles in the maintenance of ecosystems and biodiversity. However, theoretical considerations suggest that mutualism is not evolutionarily stable because it is vulnerable to invasion by cheaters, which gain benefits without paying costs (Axelrod and Hamilton 1981; Bull and Rice 1991; Sachs et al. 2004). Thus, mechanisms preventing cheating may be essential if mutualism is to be stable (Kiers et al. 2003; Bshary and Grutter 2006; Kiers and Denison 2008; Jandér and Herre 2010; Jandér et al. 2012).


Cost of mutualism Epicephala Glochidion Mutualism stability Oviposition Resource limitation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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