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What Makes Flowers More Attractive To Bees?
2012-05-29 05:44:38

As gardeners get busy filling tubs and borders with colorful bedding plants, scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol have discovered more about what makes flowers attractive to bees rather than humans. Published today in the British Ecological Society's journal Functional Ecology, their research reveals that Velcro-like cells on plant petals play a crucial role in helping bees grip flowers — especially when the wind gets up. The study focuses on special cells found on...

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2009-05-15 13:50:00

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in Britain have found that tiny conical structures on the surface of flowers provide bees something to hold on to, increasing their foraging efficiency.  Furthermore, the bees actually prefer these easy-to-grip petals, the study found.Most insect-pollinated flowers have cone-shaped surface cells, in contrast to other flowers with flat surfaces.  It was long believed that these conical "bumps" existed to attract pollinators.However, Beverley...

2009-05-14 13:11:30

Researchers have discovered why most insect-pollinated flowers have special cone-shaped cells on the surfaces of their petals. They literally help bees get a grip, according to a report published online on May 14th in Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press.What's more, the researchers also showed that bumblebees will preferentially choose to land on petals that are easier to hold on to. The findings exemplify both the intricacy and the elegant simplicity that can be found in nature, the...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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