A comprehensive catalogue of plant-pollinator interactions for Chile

Giselle Muschett, Francisco E. Fontúrbel

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Abstract

Pollinators and pollination services provide invaluable ecosystem services to agriculture and contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity. In Chile, pollination contributes greatly to the diversity of native ecosystems and provides ecosystem services to crops, but local pollinator abundance and diversity, as well as plant-animal interactions, remain poorly understood. We compiled all available information from the published scientific literature on pollinators, flower visitors, and plant-pollinator interactions in Chile and found 120 publications from which we extracted 2619 records. Those records contain locality, habit type, and establishment means of 357 plant species from 83 families. Thus, we built a database compiling information on their pollinators and flower visitors, including information on 492 pollinator species from 97 families and 13 orders. Our database provides the first systematisation of information about pollinators and pollination in Chile. This country relies heavily on pollinators both for its agricultural industry and its unique and highly endemic biodiversity. This information can be reused in future studies and would contribute significantly to pollinator conservation strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number78
JournalScientific Data
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

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