Myxospermous seed-mucilage quantity correlates with environmental gradients indicative of water-deficit stress: Plantago species as a modelMyxospermous seed mucilage is multifunctional and is often found in seeds (or achenes) of species occupying arid environments where the trait may influence seed-dispersal and -germination of seeds. The seed mucilage may also enhance soil-water retention, −hydraulic conductivity and -stability. However, the relationship between seed mucilage quantity, seed germination and...
Teixeira, António ; Iannetta, Pietro ; Binnie, Kirsty ; Valentine, Tracy A. ; Toorop, Peter
From plant fungi to bee parasites: mycorrhizae and soil nutrients shape floral chemistry and bee pathogensBee populations have experienced declines in recent years, due in part to increased disease incidence. Multiple factors influence bee-pathogen interactions, including nectar and pollen quality and secondary metabolites. However, we lack an understanding of how plant interactions with their environment shape bee diet quality. We examined how plant interactions with...
Davis, Julie K. ; Aguirre, Luis A. ; Barber, Nicholas A. ; Stevenson, Philip C. ; Adler, Lynn S.