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Mutualisms: Assessing the benefits to hosts and visitors.
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PMID:  21232455     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A great number and variety of interactions are widely assumed to be mutualistic because the species involved exchange goods or services from which they appear to derive benefit. A familiar example is pollination, in which animal vectors receive food in the form of nectar and/or pollen, while the ovules of plants are fertilized. Unfortunately, most studies fail to demonstrate that both participants benefit in any significant way and therefore lack the information necessary to determine whether a given interaction is mutualistic. While mutualism is thought to be a common type of species interaction, there is still little evidence for this belief.
J H Cushman; A J Beattie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in ecology & evolution (Personal edition)     Volume:  6     ISSN:  0169-5347     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Ecol. Evol. (Amst.)     Publication Date:  1991 Jun 
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Created Date:  2011-01-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8805125     Medline TA:  Trends Ecol Evol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  193-5     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 1991. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Hall Cushman and Andrew Beattie are at the School of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia.
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