Flower-visitor communities of an arcto-alpine plant - Global patterns in species richness, phylogenetic diversity and ecological functioning

Tiusanen, M. and Huotari, T. and Hebert, P. D. N. and Andersson, T. and Asmus, A. and Bêty, J. and Davis, E. and Gale, J. and Hardwick, B. and Hik, D. and Körner, C. and Lanctot, R. B. and Loonen Mjje, and Partanen, R. and Reischke, K. and Saalfeld, S. T. and Senez-Gagnon F., and Smith, P. A. and Šulavík, J. and Syvänperä, I. and Urbanowicz, C. and Williams, S. and Woodard, P. and Zaika, Y. and Roslin, T.. (2018) Flower-visitor communities of an arcto-alpine plant - Global patterns in species richness, phylogenetic diversity and ecological functioning. Molecular ecology. aheadofrint.

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Pollination is an ecosystem function of global importance. Yet, who visits the flower of specific plants, how the composition of these visitors varies in space and time and how such variation translates into pollination services are hard to establish. The use of DNA barcodes allows us to address ecological patterns involving thousands of taxa that are difficult to identify. To clarify the regional variation in the visitor community of a widespread flower resource, we compared the composition of the arthropod community visiting species in the genus Dryas (mountain avens, family Rosaceae), throughout Arctic and high-alpine areas. At each of 15 sites, we sampled Dryas visitors with 100 sticky flower mimics and identified specimens to Barcode Index Numbers (BINs) using a partial sequence of the mitochondrial COI gene. As a measure of ecosystem functioning, we quantified variation in the seed set of Dryas. To test for an association between phylogenetic and functional diversity, we characterized the structure of local visitor communities with both taxonomic and phylogenetic descriptors. In total, we detected 1,360 different BINs, dominated by Diptera and Hymenoptera. The richness of visitors at each site appeared to be driven by local temperature and precipitation. Phylogeographic structure seemed reflective of geological history and mirrored trans-Arctic patterns detected in plants. Seed set success varied widely among sites, with little variation attributable to pollinator species richness. This pattern suggests idiosyncratic associations, with function dominated by few and potentially different taxa at each site. Taken together, our findings illustrate the role of post-glacial history in the assembly of flower-visitor communities in the Arctic and offer insights for understanding how diversity translates into ecosystem functioning.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Ehemalige Einheiten Umweltwissenschaften > Pflanzenökologie (Körner)
UniBasel Contributors:Körner, Christian
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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