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Pollen sterols are associated with phylogenetics and environment but not with pollinators

Pollen sterols are associated with phylogenetics and environment but not with pollinators

Zu, Pengjuan, Koch, Hauke, Schwery, Orlando, Pirinon, Samuel, Philips, Charlotte, Ondo, Ian, Farrell, Iain W., Nes, W. David, Moore, Elynor, Wright, Geraldine A., Farman, Dudley I. ORCID: 0000-0003-3579-3672 and Stevenson, Philip C. ORCID: 0000-0002-0736-3619 (2021) Pollen sterols are associated with phylogenetics and environment but not with pollinators. New Phytologist, 230 (3). pp. 1169-1184. ISSN 0028-646X (Print), 1469-8137 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.17227)

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Abstract

Phytosterols are primary plant metabolites that have fundamental structural and regulatory functions. They are also essential nutrients for phytophagous insects, including pollinators, that cannot synthesize sterols. Despite the well-described composition and diversity in vegetative plant tissues, few studies have examined phytosterol diversity in pollen.

We quantified 25 pollen phytosterols in 122 plant species (105 genera, 51 families) to determine their composition and diversity across plant taxa. We searched literature and databases for plant phylogeny, environmental conditions, and pollinator guilds of the species to examine the relationships with pollen sterols.

24-methylenecholesterol, sitosterol and isofucosterol were the most common and abundant pollen sterols. We found phylogenetic clustering of twelve individual sterols, total sterol content and sterol diversity, and of sterol groupings that reflect their underlying biosynthesis pathway (24 carbon alkylation, ring B desaturation). Plants originating in tropical-like climates (higher mean annual temperature, lower temperature seasonality, higher precipitation in wettest quarter) were more likely to record higher pollen sterol content. However, pollen sterol composition and content showed no clear relationship with pollinator guilds.

Our study is the first to show that pollen sterol diversity is phylogenetically clustered and that pollen sterol content may adapt to environmental conditions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: phytosterol diversity, pollen nutrient, pollinator assemblages, environmental factors, phylogenetic, plant-insect interactions, chemical ecology, chemotaxonomy
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Chemical Ecology Research Group
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2021 14:37
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/30914

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