Pollinating fruit crops
Most fruit crops require pollination to ensure that fruit sets. Pollination is the transfer of grains of pollen from the anthers (male floral part) to the stigma (female floral part) of a flower. Pollen grains get caught on the sticky surface of the stigma, germinate and produce a tube that grows down the style and unites with the female cell in the ovary. This union is called fertilization. After fertilization occurs, seeds develop and the fruit enlarges.
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Todd, Sadie; Geib, Jennifer C., 1972-; Kaczorowski, Rainee L., 1976-; Galen, Candace Elizabeth (University of Missouri--Columbia. Office of Undergraduate Research, 2008)World economy, including agriculture and food production, is heavily dependant on animal pollination. For this reason, it is important to understand factors that mediate plant-pollinator interactions. We investigated ...
Geib, Jennifer C., 1972- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)Partner abundance affects costs and benefits in obligate mutualisms, but its role in facultative partnerships is less clear. I investigated this topic in a small alpine pollination web in the Colorado Rocky Mountains ...
Kaczorowski, Rainee L., 1976- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)Nectar is the primary floral reward offered by plants to attract pollinators. Pollinators often exhibit a preference for certain types of nectars over others. If pollinator preferences for certain nectar traits are strong ...