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How mutualisms between plants and insects are stabilized

Borges, Renee M (2015) How mutualisms between plants and insects are stabilized. In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 108 (10). pp. 1862-1868.

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While the idea of cooperation between individuals of a species has received considerable attention, how mutualistic interactions between species can be protected from cheating by partners in the interaction has only recently been examined from theoretical and empirical perspectives. This paper is a selective review of the recent literature on host sanctions, partner-fidelity feedback and the concept of punishment in such mutualisms. It describes new ideas, borrowed from microeconomics, such as screening theory with and without competition between potential partners for a host. It explores mutualism-stabilizing mechanisms using examples from interactions between figs and fig wasps, and those between ants and plants. It suggests new avenues for research.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, C V RAMAN AVENUE, SADASHIVANAGAR, P B #8005, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Keywords: Ant-plant interaction; exploitation; fig-fig wasp interaction; mutualism
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2015 09:40
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2015 09:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/51884

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