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how is pollination an example of mutualism?

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how is pollination an example of mutualism?

Postby b1163 » Sun Dec 12, 2010 2:27 am

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.
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Postby magicsiew » Sun Dec 12, 2010 1:56 pm

When the bees uptake honey from the flowers, the pollen stick on its legs to be transfer to other place.
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Postby ManBearPig89 » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:00 pm

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.
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Re: how is pollination an example of mutualism?

Postby nova707 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:39 am

it seems to be more commensalism more than mutualism.
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Postby adihutama » Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:37 am

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....

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Re: how is pollination an example of mutualism?

Postby alrazi » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:15 am

bees get nectar from the plants which contain carbohydrates
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Re: how is pollination an example of mutualism?

Postby Paula78 » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:19 am

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
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Postby janet121 » Fri May 04, 2012 9:44 am

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 (+ , +)
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Postby idamadespp » Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:56 am

yes that a mutualism because two organism got benefit from their relationship
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