Pollen Architecture

Pollen grains – not all of them, but some of them – have specific architecture which allows them to seal in upon themselves to maintain enough internal moisture to remain intact over distance. Upon arrival, the grain unfolds again, and is ready to reproduce. We are having a bit of the summer pollen blues at…

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The Flower Electric

Communication comes in so many forms, and for the most part, we humans focus on the verbal and physically visible. But how about interspecies electrical communication? A newly published study in an upcoming issue of Science provides some evidence that flowers, in addition to using color and nectar to attract pollinator bees and bumblebees, may…

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