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dc.contributor.authorSeymour, R.-
dc.contributor.authorSilberbauer-Gottsberger, I.-
dc.contributor.authorGottsberger, G.-
dc.identifier.citationFunctional Plant Biology: an international journal of plant function, 2010; 37(9):870-878-
dc.description.abstractThe roles of floral thermogenesis in pollination biology include attraction and reward of insects. Magnolia ovata (A.St.-Hil.) Spreng. produces ~56 g, bisexual, protogynous and scented flowers. Two distinct episodes of thermogenesis occur during anthesis: one beginning at about sunset and lasting ~3 h in the female phase and another that occurs synchronously 24 h later and lasting 4 h in the male phase. Female stage flowers produce up to 0.36 W to reach 27.3°C, which is 3.9°C above ambient air. In the male stage, corresponding values are 0.79 W, 29.7°C and 5.4°C, respectively. Most heat is generated in the petals in both phases (74 and 65%). Maximum, mass-specific rate of respiration is 23 nmol s–1 g–1 in the petals and 100 nmol s–1 g–1 in the anthers. The flowers are apparently not thermoregulatory, because respiration rate decreases, rather than increases, with decreasing ambient temperature. Scarab beetles, Cyclocephala literata, enter the floral chamber created by the petals in the female phase, mate, consume floral parts (mainly petals) and then depart in the male phase. Temperatures maintained in the floral chamber are sufficient to provide beetles with significant energy savings during their activities in both phases. Thermogenesis is, therefore, consistent with volatilisation of floral fragrances and energy rewards to beetle visitors.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityRoger S. Seymour, Ilse Silberbauer-Gottsberger and Gerhard Gottsberger-
dc.publisherC S I R O Publishing-
dc.rights© CSIRO 2010-
dc.subjectheat production-
dc.subjectrespiratory rate-
dc.titleRespiration and temperature patterns in thermogenic flowers of Magnolia ovata under natural conditions in Brazil-
dc.typeJournal article-
dc.identifier.orcidSeymour, R. [0000-0002-3395-0059]-
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