Removal Effects on Nectar Production in Bat-pollinated Flowers of the Brazilian Cerrado
Article first published online: 12 NOV 2011
© 2011 The Author(s). Journal compilation © 2011 by The Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation
Volume 44, Issue 1, pages 1–5, January 2012
How to Cite
Bobrowiec, P. E. D. and Oliveira, P. E. (2012), Removal Effects on Nectar Production in Bat-pollinated Flowers of the Brazilian Cerrado. Biotropica, 44: 1–5. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-7429.2011.00823.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 12 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Received: 13 JUN 2011
- National Council of Scientific and Technological Development. Grant Number: CNPq grant 113679/1999-8
- nectar concentration;
- nectar-eating bats;
- nectar replenishment
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.
Abstract in Portuguese is available in the online version of this article.