Dr Jane Stout, Trinity College Dublin
"Direct interactions between invasive plants and native pollinators"
Invasive non-native plants form interactions with native species, including with native pollinators. This interaction can have direct effects on the reproductive success of both plants and flower-visitors. However, these interactions are not well understood, and vary according of invasive plant traits, breeding system and pollination syndrome, and influence flower visitors at a variety of scales. In this talk, I will outline some of the recent work I have been doing in this area, focussing particularly on the invasive species, Rhododendron ponticum, as a model system.