A Effects of Ants on the Fruit Setting of Artabotrys odoratissimus R. Br.


  • Saravana Ganthi A Department of Botany, Rani Anna Govt. College for Women (affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University), Tirunelveli 627 008, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Vellankanni K Department of Botany, Rani Anna Govt. College for Women (affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University), Tirunelveli 627 008, Tamil Nadu, India.
  • Suresh Kumar T Department of Botany, Rani Anna Govt. College for Women (affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University), Tirunelveli 627 008, Tamil Nadu, India.




Ant- Plant Relationship, Artabotrys odoratissimus, Floral Nectaries, Foraging, Fruit Set, Leaves, Antagonism, Nesting, Weaver Ants, Volatile Compounds, Attraction.


Floral volatile compounds exhibit multiple functions such as attracting pollinators, source of food for pollinator and act as defense against herbivore. Thus floral scents may function as allomones to prevent enemies as well as being synomones to attract pollinating mutualist. Flowers are morphological and embryological marvels and the sites of sexual reproduction. The yellow coloured flowers of Artabotrys odoratissimus R. Br. are very fragrant. The floral volatile of this plant attracts weaver ants. It plays a crucial role in plant- ant interaction. The present study aims to explore the effect of ants on the reproductive success of A. odoratissimus. Ants are detrimental to A. odoratissimus and disturb the pollinator visits which resulted in reduced fruit set. The nest constructed leaves experience premature death, thus weaver ants show antagonistic effect in the selected species.


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A, S. G., K, V. ., & T, S. K. (2023). A Effects of Ants on the Fruit Setting of <i>Artabotrys odoratissimus</i> R. Br. Indian Journal of Entomology, 86(1), 184–186. https://doi.org/10.55446/IJE.2023.945



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