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VISITING SPEAKER: Wasp Love Got to Do With It? The Evolutionary Implications of Sexual Mimicry in Orchids.

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Wasp Love Got to Do With It? The Evolutionary Implications of Sexual Mimicry in Orchids. : Most flowering plants engage animals to carry out the essential service of pollination. The majority of these plants have evolved flowers that advertise rewards for this service via visual and chemical cues such as petals and scent. There are however a number of species whose false advertisements draw pollinators to rewardless flowers. Other events...
My research shows that the chemical mimicry crucial to sexual deception is responsible for reproductive isolation and potentially even speciation. I also show through mating system analysis and studies of wasp behaviour that this strategy is a superbly adaptive solution to the problem flowers face of simultaneously attracting pollinators before persuading them to leave quickly.
Speaker(s) Dr Michael Whitehead; Postdoctoral positions at ANU and Kings Park
Location G.33 Lecture Theatre, Bayliss Bldg., UWA
Contact Jennifer Gillett <jennifer.gillett@uwa.edu.au> : 6488 4416
Start Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:00
End Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:45
Submitted by Jennifer Gillett <jennifer.gillett@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:14
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