8. Fungi, Plants, and Pollinators: Sex, Disease, and Deception

  1. Darlene Southworth
  1. Tobias J. Policha and
  2. Bitty A. Roy

Published Online: 3 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118314364.ch8

Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions

Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions

How to Cite

Policha, T. J. and Roy, B. A. (2012) Fungi, Plants, and Pollinators: Sex, Disease, and Deception, in Biocomplexity of Plant-Fungal Interactions (ed D. Southworth), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118314364.ch8

Editor Information

  1. Department of Biology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR, USA

Author Information

  1. Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 17 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813815947

Online ISBN: 9781118314364



  • fungi, and sex, disease, deception;
  • plant communities, persistence of pollinator communities;
  • floral biodiversity, hinging on fungi or fungus flies;
  • pollination and its mimics, advertising displays of flowers;
  • flower–fungal interactions, deception through mimicry;
  • Müllerian mimicry, facilitating learning in predators;
  • interactions between fungi, pollinators, fungal life cycle phase;
  • rust-induced pseudoflowers of Euphorbia cyparissias, infected by Uromyces pisi;
  • fungal pseudoflowers, compromising on fitness of host;
  • disease transmission, and fungal–plant–insect interactions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pollination and its Mimics

  • Mimicry Theory with Emphasis on Floral and Fungal Adaptations

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References