03 Dec '17, 8am

Flying Foxes Play Important Role in Pollination of Durian | Biology

Using camera traps, University of Nottingham researcher Sheema Abdul Aziz and colleagues collected video evidence showing the small flying fox (Pteropus hypomelanus ) pollinating the flowers of durian (Durio zibethinus ) . Small flying foxes (Pteropus hypomelanus ). Image credit: Zoo Leipzig. Large fruit bats of the genus Pteropus are severely threatened by hunting and deforestation. They are often sold and eaten as exotic meat due to an unsubstantiated belief that consuming them can help cure asthma and other respiratory problems. They are also persecuted and killed as agricultural pests, as some people claim that the bats cause damage and economic loss by feeding on cultivated fruits. A new study published in the Journal of Ecology and Evolution shows that these bats play important roles as seed dispersers and pollinators in rainforests, especially on islands. “Previousl...

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