Interactions between social bees and their foodplants in a rainforest canopy of Western Ghats, India

Soubadra Devy, M and Livingstone, C (2001) Interactions between social bees and their foodplants in a rainforest canopy of Western Ghats, India. In: Tropical Ecosystems: Structure, Diversffy and Human Welfare. Proceedings of the intemationai Conference on Tropical Ecosystems. Oxford & IBH, New Delhi, pp. 420-422. ISBN 812041496965

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Abstract

Integrating the phenology of pollinators and their food plants is crucial to understand pollination guilds. In the tropics, studies on the phenology of the trees and of pollinating vectors such as bees have mostly been carried out independent of each other. This study, carried out at a wet evergreen forest of Kakachi, in Southern Western Ghats, integrates the phenology of two social bee species Apis dorsata and Apis cerana with their canopy and sub-canopy food plants. The two bee species are the only ones that are active on the canopy of this forest and visit the understorey plants occasionally (Davidar et a1., unpublished). Unlike other tropical forests, solitary bees are distinctly absent in this forest canopy, and therefore the two bee species playa major role in the pollination of a number of tree species in the forest.

Item Type: Book Section
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Canopy pollination, social bees, rainforests, Western Ghats, India.
Subjects: C Publications by ATREEians > H Book Chapters
Divisions: Publications by ATREEians > Book Chapters
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Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 06:13
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 06:13
URI: http://eprints.atree.org/id/eprint/431

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