Reconnecting plants and pollinators: Challenges in the restoration of pollination mutualisms

Myles H.M. Menz, Ryan D. Phillips, Rachael Winfree, Claire Kremen, Marcelo A. Aizen, Steven D. Johnson, Kingsley W. Dixon

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Abstract

Ecological restoration of plant-pollinator interactions has received surprisingly little attention, despite animal-mediated pollination underpinning reproduction of the majority of higher plants. Here, we offer a conceptual and practical framework for the ecological restoration of pollination mutualisms. Through the use of targeted restoration plantings to attract and sustain pollinators and increased knowledge of the ecological requirements of pollinators, we propose that pollination could be successfully restored in degraded ecosystems. The challenge for pollination biologists is to integrate their findings with those of plant restoration ecologists to ensure sustainable pollination in restored ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-12
Number of pages9
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science

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