Pollination and reproductive biology of native carnations
We have been investigating pollinators and the reproductive biology of European native Dianthus species (picture) for several years. Different species of this genus may serve as a model for pollinator mediated plant speciation. Potential pre- and postzygotic isolation mechanisms are currently investigated in a NSF project. In addition, all Dianthus species are protected in Switzerland. A sound knowledge of their reproductive mode is therefore essential for their successful conservation.
Keywords: speciation - assortative mating - pollination - pollination crisis - Lepidoptera - Dianthus
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