New paper published: Kin discrimination allows plants to modify investment towards pollinator attraction

New paper published: Kin discrimination allows plants to modify investment towards pollinator attraction

Two Evoflor’s members (José María Gómez and Rubén Torices) in collaboration with John Pannell from University of Lausanne have recently published a paper in Nature Communications showing that the self-incompatible monocarpic Moricandia moricandioides can adjust its flowering behaviour to the surrounding intraspecific social environment.

Moricandia moricandiodes’ flowers (Picture from Lucía DeSoto)

Individuals growing with kin, particularly at high density, produced larger floral displays than those growing with non-kin. Investment in attracting pollinators was thus moulded by the presence and relatedness of neighbours, exemplifying the importance of kin recognition in the evolution of plant reproductive strategies. Therefore, this study now provides evidence that investment towards attracting pollinators includes a component of neighbour relatedness, a necessary consequence of the fine spatial genetic structure of plant populations.

In addition, these results suggest that floral strategies might have also been shaped by selection through their indirect effects on inclusive fitness, i.e., through the success of relatives. This possibility was foreshadowed by Hamilton and has long been appreciated by zoologists.

Read the whole story in Nature Communications:

Torices, Rubén; Gómez, José M.; Pannell, John. 2018. Kin discrimination allows plants to modify investment towards pollinator attraction. Nature Communications, 9:2018. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04378-3

Nuevo proyecto financiado sobre plasticidad fenotípica como motor evolutivo en Moricandia

Nuevo proyecto financiado sobre plasticidad fenotípica como motor evolutivo en <i>Moricandia</i>

Hemos conseguido financiación para el proyecto coordinado Plasticidad fenotípica como motor evolutivo en Moricandia (Proyecto MORE; CGL2017-86626). Este proyecto consta de dos subproyectos, MOREgen liderado por Francisco Perfectti en Universidad de Granada y titulado “Genética evolutiva y funcional de la plasticidad fenotípica en el género Moricandia” y MOREeco liderado por Cristina Armas y José María Gómez de la Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas y titulado “Ecología evolutiva y funcional de la plasticidad fenotípica en el género Moricandia

Photo by F. Perfectti
Moricandia arvensis

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