Removal Effects on Nectar Production in Bat-pollinated Flowers of the Brazilian Cerrado

Authors

  • Paulo Estefano D. Bobrowiec,

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    1. Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia de Estudos Integrados da Biodiversidade Amazônica, Ministério de Ciência e Tecnologia, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, INPA, Manaus, AM, Brazil
    • Coordenação de Pesquisas em Ecologia, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia—INPA, Manaus, AM, Brazil
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  • Paulo E. Oliveira

    1. Departamento de Biociências, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, MG, Brazil
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Abstract

We tested the removal effect on nectar production in four bat-pollinated cerrado flowers. We compared the amount of nectar after 7–12 removals with the accumulated nectar in non-manipulated flowers after 12 h. In all, but one species, removals increased volume by 1.5–4.6 times and sugar content by 1.6–4 times, which may affect flower visitation by bats, pollen flow, and reproduction.

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