The Evolutionary Ecology of Mutualisms

Edited by Frank Messina
JULY 2011

This virtual issue of Functional Ecology gathers 17 recent Functional Ecology papers that address the evolutionary ecology of mutualisms. The compilation is in part intended to coincide with two symposia (“Mutualistic Interactions: Causes and Consequences” and “Coevolution across the Parasitism-Mutualism Continuum”) at the 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology in 2011. Read the full introduction.

 Cover photograph shows a wasp on Pachycarpus grandiflorus © Adam Shuttleworth

The importance of scent and nectar filters in a specialized wasp-pollination system
A. Shuttleworth and S. D. Johnson

Host-plant finding and recognition by visual and olfactory floral cues in an oligolectic bee
H. Burger, S. Dötterl and M. Ayasse

Private channel: a single unusual compound assures specific pollinator attraction in Ficus semicordata
C. Chen, Q. Song, M. Proffit, J. -M. Bessière., Z. Li and M. Hossaert-McKey

The evolution of floral scent: the influence of olfactory learning by insect pollinators on the honest signalling of floral rewards
G. A. Wright and F. P. Schiestl

The sweet smell of success: floral scent affects pollinator attraction and seed fitness in Hesperis matronalis
C. J. Majetic, R. A. Raguso and T. -L. Ashman

Pollinator-mediated selection and experimental manipulation of the flower phenotype in Chloraea bletioides
M. Cuartas-Domínguez and R. Medel

Male moths provide pollination benefits in the Silene latifolia–Hadena bicruris nursery pollination system
A. -M. Labouche and G. Bernasconi

Myrmecochorous plants use chemical mimicry to cheat seed-dispersing ants
M. Pfeiffer, H. Huttenlocher and M. Ayasse

Testing the potential for conflicting selection on floral chemical traits by pollinators and herbivores: predictions and case study
A. Kessler and R. Halitschke

A fungal endosymbiont affects host plant recruitment through seed- and litter-mediated mechanisms
M. Omacini, E. J. Chaneton, L. Bush and C. M. Ghersa

Competition between foliar Neotyphodium lolii endophytes and mycorrhizal Glomus spp. fungi in Lolium perenne depends on resource supply and host carbohydrate content
Q. Liu, A. J. Parsons, H. Xue, K. Fraser, G. D.  Ryan, J. A. Newman and S. Rasmussen

Gender dimorphism and mycorrhizal symbiosis affect floral visitors and reproductive output in Geranium sylvaticum
S. Varga and M. -M. Kytöviita

Support from the underground: Induced plant resistance depends on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
A. Kempel, A. K. Schmidt, R. Brandl and M. Schädler

Interactions between an endophytic fungus, aphids and extrafloral nectaries: do endophytes induce extrafloral-mediated defences in Vicia faba?
L. R. Jaber and S. Vidal

Ant–plant mutualisms promote functional diversity in phytotelm communities
R. Céréghino, C. Leroy, J. -F. Carrias, L. Pelozuelo, C. Ségura, C. Bosc, A. Dejean and B. Corbara.

Body size predicts degree in ant–plant mutualistic networks
S. A. Chamberlain and J. N. Holland

The microbial dimension in insect nutritional ecology
A. E. Douglas

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