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Plant-arthropod interactions of an endangered California lupine
  • Carina Motta,
  • Justin Luong,
  • Katja Seltmann
Carina Motta
Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho Câmpus de Rio Claro Instituto de Biociências

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Justin Luong
University of California Santa Cruz
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Katja Seltmann
University of California Santa Barbara Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration
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The reintroduction of endangered plant species is an essential conservation tool. Reintroductions can fail to create resilient, self-sustaining populations due to a poor understanding of environmental factors that limit or promote plant success. Biotic factors, specifically plant-arthropod interactions, have been shown to affect the establishment of endangered plant populations. Lupinus nipomensis (Nipomo Mesa lupine) is a state of California (California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1) and federally (65 FR 14888) endangered endemic plant with only one extant population located along the central California coast. How arthropods positively or negatively interact with L. nipomensis is not well known and more information could aid conservation efforts. We conducted arthropod surveys of the entire L. nipomensis extant population in spring 2017. Observed arthropods present on L. nipomensis included 17 families, with a majority of individuals belonging to Thripidae. We did not detect any obvious pollinators of L. nipomensis, providing support for previous studies suggesting this lupine is capable of self-pollinating, and observed several arthropod genera that could potentially impact the reproductive success of L. nipomensis via incidental pollination or plant predation.
16 Sep 2021Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
17 Sep 2021Submission Checks Completed
17 Sep 2021Assigned to Editor
27 Sep 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
23 Nov 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
26 Nov 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
04 Feb 20221st Revision Received
07 Feb 2022Submission Checks Completed
07 Feb 2022Assigned to Editor
07 Feb 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
08 Feb 2022Editorial Decision: Accept
Mar 2022Published in Ecology and Evolution volume 12 issue 3. 10.1002/ece3.8688