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Grouped SPME comparison of floral scent as a method of unlocking phylogenetic patterns in volatiles

Latinovic, A ORCID: 0000-0002-4059-3424, Nichols, DS ORCID: 0000-0002-8066-3132, Adams, VM ORCID: 0000-0002-3509-7901 and McQuillan, PB ORCID: 0000-0001-6334-372X 2022 , 'Grouped SPME comparison of floral scent as a method of unlocking phylogenetic patterns in volatiles' , Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10 , pp. 1-18 , doi:

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Global crop production rate has exceeded the availability of pollination services provided by managed honeybees, and habitat loss remains a key factor in the loss of wild pollinators. Revegetation of agricultural land and wild pollination may provide a solution; however, the collection of floral trait data that are correlated to pollinator preferences remains an under studied and complex process. Here, we demonstrate a method for scent analysis, ordination [non-metric dimensional scaling (NMDS)], and clustering outputs that provides a fast and reproducible procedure for a broad grouping of flora based on scent and unlocking characteristic inter-floral patterns. We report the floral profiles of 15 unstudied native Australian plant species and the extent to which they match the commonly cultivated seed crops of Daucus carota L and Brassica rapa L. Through solid-phase microextraction (SPME) paired with gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS), we identify a set of inter-family shared, common floral volatiles from these plant species as well as unique and characteristic patterns.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Latinovic, A and Nichols, DS and Adams, VM and McQuillan, PB
Keywords: solid-phase microextraction, crop pollination, floral traits, wild pollinators, native vegetation, agriculture, SPME, scent analysis, restoration
Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Publisher: Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN: 2296-701X
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