how is pollination an example of mutualism?
December 12, 2010 at 2:27 am #14265b1163Participant
i understand that mutualism is the kind of interaction that is beneficial for both species…but i dont see how the bee taking the pollen from the flower is beneficial for the bee.
December 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm #102735magicsiewParticipant
When the bees uptake honey from the flowers, the pollen stick on its legs to be transfer to other place.
December 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm #102739ManBearPig89Participant
The bee get no benifit from pollen sticking to it, but the nectar from the flower is a pretty nice trade-of. Bee gets nectar- flower is able to spred it’s pollen.
I belive some insects make use of the pollen as a protein sourse (for their larva and/ or for themself), thereby getting food directly from pollen, and "helping" the flower reproduce.
March 10, 2011 at 12:39 am #103843nova707Participant
it seems to be more commensalism more than mutualism.
March 11, 2011 at 8:37 am #103857adihutamaParticipant
I thought that bees dont take the pollen intentionally. What I know is it takes nectar from the flower, and while doing so, the pollen could attached to their body or leg.
So the bee got some food, and the plant get some match..:)
I guess you cant judge it from the pollination side only. Symbiosis describe a relation between two interspecies individual, not just an event.
Some syimbiosis just happen to appear in a event: like shark and that little fish attaching their body (forgot the name) to the shark. The little ones gain some food from shark skin (i m not sure whether it is a dead skin cell or just plankton), the shark got its skin cleaned up.
I hope this help, I am very sorry for my terrible example, cos Iam not a pure biologist, perhaps others could give more detailed example….
June 13, 2011 at 11:15 am #105268alraziParticipant
bees get nectar from the plants which contain carbohydrates
August 15, 2011 at 10:19 am #105930Paula78Participant
Mutualism is the way two organisms biologically interact where each individual derives a fitness benefit.It plays a key part in ecology. For example, mutualistic interactions are vital for terrestrial ecosystem function as more than 48% of land plants rely on mycorrhizal relationships with fungi to provide them with inorganic compounds and trace elements. ❗ In addition, mutualism is thought to have driven the evolution of much of the biological diversity we see, such as flower forms (important for pollination mutualisms) and co-evolution between groups of species
May 4, 2012 at 9:44 am #110877janet121Participant
Pollination is the process where pollens of plants are transferred. In this process when bee is taking the pollen,
– Bee: it gets nectar
– Flower: it’s pollen are being spread
Hence mutualism (+ , +)
July 15, 2012 at 2:56 am #111812idamadesppParticipant
yes that a mutualism because two organism got benefit from their relationship
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