Institute of Botany
of the Czech Academy of Sciences
the largest centre of botanical research in the Czech Republic
The role of sunbirds in afromontanne pollination systems
||The role of sunbirds in afromontanne pollination systems
Doležal Jiří (member in research team)
||Interdisciplinary project, based on pilot studies, deals with pollination systems in afromontane area in Bamenda Highlands (SW Cameroon). The main objective is to find out plants\\\' and pollinators\\\' traits, which are important for mutual interactions, and to determine degree of specialization between individual actors with emphasis on sunbird-plant relationships. The results should contribute to generalization of knowledge on specialization of pollination systems, so fare based on New World hummingbirds. The impact of pollinators on reproductive success of plants will be assessed by comparing seed production of plants, with pollinators being either allowed to feed o or experimentally excluded. Moreover, the feeding niche overlap among individual pollinator guilds will be determined.
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