A Compromise on Floral Traits

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Science  04 Oct 2002:
Vol. 298, Issue 5591, pp. 45-46
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5591.45

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New work is indicating that some pollinators might not deserve their starring evolutionary roles in shaping flower fashions. A growing number of scientists are looking for more subtle evolutionary forces--from nectar thieves and herbivores to environmental demands and developmental changes--that might also sculpt floral traits.