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Mutualism: What Do We Know, and Where Do We Go From Here?

Dr. Judityh Bornstein reviews the checkered history of the study of mutualism, a field that has only coalesced in the past twenty years. I will identify six major research directions. I will then present our own recent work on one hawkmoth pollination mutualism to show how they can be integrated to move our understanding forward. This is a particularly intriguing mutualism because it is exceedingly costly (the offspring of the pollinator moths are devastating herbivores on the same plants), making it an ideal test case for challenging our understanding of how mutualisms arise and when they can persist. I conclude by discussing pressing issues surrounding mutualism that are likely to drive the field in the coming years.

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Science and Engineering Research Facility (SERF), 307
1414 Circle Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public



Ecology and Evolutionary Biology



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Karin Grindall

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