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Sex for Food or How to Attract a Pollinator Joyce Cadwallader Christine Tuaillon Brian White Mimulus spp. M. Cardinalis Red High nectar M. Lewisii Pink Low nectar Guiding Questions: Currently reproductively isolated How did this evolve? Can we model this using population genetics?

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sex for food or how to attract a pollinator

Sex for Food or How to Attract a Pollinator

Joyce Cadwallader

Christine Tuaillon

Brian White

mimulus spp
Mimulus spp.
  • M. Cardinalis
  • Red
  • High nectar
  • M. Lewisii
  • Pink
  • Low nectar
guiding questions
Guiding Questions:
  • Currently reproductively isolated
    • How did this evolve?
    • Can we model this using population genetics?
    • What can we learn from this about pollination evolution in Mimulus?
    • What about other pollinators?
population model
Population Model

Flower population at generation N

Bees’ flower preferences

Birds’ flower preferences

Pollen collected by bees

“Bee gene pool”

Pollen collected by birds

“Bird gene pool”

Bees’ flower preferences

Birds’ flower preferences

Offspring

Offspring

Flower population at generation N+1