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How to be a fig wasp parasite on the fig-fig wasp mutualism

Borges, Renee M (2015) How to be a fig wasp parasite on the fig-fig wasp mutualism. In: CURRENT OPINION IN INSECT SCIENCE, 8 . pp. 34-40.

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The nursery pollination mutualism between figs and pollinating fig wasps is based on adaptations that allow wasps to enter the enclosed inflorescences of figs, to facilitate seed set, and to have offspring that develop within the nursery and that leave to enter other inflorescences for pollination. This closed mutualistic system is not immune to parasitic fig wasps. Although the life histories and basic biology of the mutualists have been investigated, the biology of the fig wasp parasites has been severely neglected. This review brings together current knowledge of the many different ways in which parasites can enter the system, and also points to the serious lacunae in our understanding of the intricate interactions between gallers, kleptoparasites, seed eaters and parasitoids within this mutualism.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 06:58
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2016 06:58
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/53335

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