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Botany 2015 Colloquium: Integrated perspectives on the ecology, genetics and coevolution of intimate mutualisms

Althoff, David [1].

The role of mutualism and antagonism in diversification of yuccas and yucca moths.

One of the major assumptions about mutualistic interactions among plants and their partners is that the mutualism is key a factor driving diversification. In particular, this assumption is inherent in obligate pollination mutualisms such as the one between yuccas and yucca moths. Using this mutualism, I examine the role of mutualism in driving moth speciation and present evidence that much of moth diversification has been the result of adaptations to being an antagonist rather than a mutualist. To this end, I compare possible mechanisms by which mutualistic and antagonistic traits can be linked directly to speciation in plants and their mutualists.

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1 - Syracuse University, Biology, 107 College Place, Dept. of Biology, Syracuse, NY, 13244, USA


Presentation Type: Colloquium Presentations
Session: C4
Location: Hall C/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Time: 2:15 PM
Number: C4004
Abstract ID:87
Candidate for Awards:None

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