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Plant Pollinator Networks along a Gradient of Urbanisation
Habitat loss is one of the principal causes of the current pollinator decline. Along an urbanisation gradient comprising four types of landscape contexts (semi-natural, agricultural, suburban, urban), we set up experimental plant communities containing two plant functional groups differing in their morphological traits (“open flowers†and “tubular flowersâ€). Our findings show that open flower plant species and their specific flower-visitors are especially sensitive to increasing urbanisation. Overall, our findings suggest that both short mouthparts pollinators and open flower plant species seem especially sensitive to increasing urbanisation.
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0063421
 
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