Gene makes plants produce less pollen

Darwin observed that some plants produce less pollen (and some animals less sperm). New research clarifies how that can be an advantage.

U. Zurich • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~6 min

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When pollen’s scarce, bees stab plants to speed up flowering

When pollen resources are low, bumblebees damage plants to help drive more flowering so they can get more, researchers have found.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~8 min

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Spiny pollen evolved to ‘velcro’ onto bumble bees

A wild dandelion's spiny pollen has evolved to attach to traveling bumblebees, report researchers.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~4 min

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Beetle in amber pollinated flowers 99M years ago

A drop of fossilized amber from a mine in northern Myanmar contains not just a beetle but also 62 grains of pollen still clinging to its legs.

Kevin Fryling-Indiana • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~4 min

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