Bacteria as floral colonisers
Robert R. Junker
Bacteria and other microorganisms frequently colonise plant surfaces. The identity of bacterial colonisers and their effects on plants is well studied in interactions with roots and leaves, while their occurrence on flowers was rarely investigated. We are interested in the intra-floral distribution of bacteria and how bacteria affect the phenotypes of flowers. Potential effects on the behaviour of flower visitors and the reproduction of plants will be considered, too.
Bakteria isolated from Cirsium arvense flowers
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