Ants as Pollinators of Plants and the Role of Floral Scents

  • Michael RostásEmail author
  • JÜrgen Tautz
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 16)


Ants are considered to be classical nectar thieves. In recent years, however, limited evidence has suggested that flower-visiting ants can contribute to pollination. In this chapter, we review why pollination by ants is rare and under what circumstances it may occur. Furthermore, we elaborate on the role of floral scents for foraging ants.


Floral Scent Floral Nectar Nest Mate Floral Volatile Flower Visitation Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Botany IIUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.BEE groupUniversity of Würzburg, Am HublandWürzburgGermany

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