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Videos of the interaction between figs and fig wasps

(Life; Embryophyta (plants); Angiospermae (flowering plants); Eudicotyledons; Order: Rosales; Family: Moraceae; Genus: Ficus)

Interaction of figs and fig wasps


Pollination ecology in tropical figs - a case of Mutualism: a 26' film

Author: Georges MICHALOUD, Cameraman : Alain DEVEZ, Produced by: Service du Film de Recherche Scientifique, (SFRS) 92170 VANV

The fig - fig wasp mutualism is analysed and some of the divergent features of the relationship between two African fig species (Ficus natalensis leprieuri and F. ottoniifolia) and their pollinating wasps (respectively: Alfonsiella natalensis, later identified as Alfonsiella fimbriata) and Agaon camerunensis and Agaon gabonensis (later identified as belonging to genus Courtella) are compared through ecological, ethological, morphological and evolutionary aspects.
 

This film has obtained two international awards; has been shown on three different TV channels, and presented at universities in 33 countries.


The Queen of Trees
 

Ecology of the sycomore fig tree (Ficus sycomorus) and pollinating fig wasps.


Female fig wasps (Agaonidae) leaving syconia of Ficus cf. luschnathiana (Moraceae). This video was filmed on June 11th 2010, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Music: fragments of Heitor Villa Lobos's "A floresta amaz˘nica".

How the fig tree strangles other plants for survival in the rainforest - David Attenborough - BBC wildlife.

Strangler fig trees grow around other trees until they're totally enclosed and die. A BBC production.


Web authors Simon van Noort (Iziko South African Museum)

and Jean-Yves Rasplus (INRA, France)

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