Katarina Hedlund. Foto.

Katarina Hedlund

Professor

Katarina Hedlund. Foto.

Microarthropods mediate sperm transfer in mosses

Författare

  • Nils Cronberg
  • Rayna Natcheva
  • Katarina Hedlund

Summary, in English

Among flowering plants, animals commonly act as pollinators. We showed that fertile moss shoots attract springtails and mites, which in turn carry moss sperm, thereby enhancing the fertilization process. Previously, fertilization of mosses was thought to depend on the capacity of individual sperm to swim through a continuous water layer. The role of microarthropods in moss fertilization resembles the role of animals as pollinators of flowering plants but may be evolutionarily much older because of the antiquity of the organism groups involved.

Ämne

  • Ecology

Status

Published

Projekt

  • Fertilization syndromes in bryophytes

Forskningsgrupp

  • Soil Ecology

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1095-9203