loss of functional diversity within a pollinator community could impair plant reprod

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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.