Honey bees turn pollen to pellets to get it to their hives

Understanding how honey bees transport pollen pellets to their hive may inspire new ways to manufacture and manipulate soft materials, researchers say.

Jason Maderer-Georgia Tech • futurity
Aug. 27, 2021 ~6 min

Is climate change making allergy season longer?

"Climate change is really a problem for health, and we are living and breathing the effects of climate change now," researchers warn.

Erin Digitale-Stanford • futurity
July 6, 2021 ~6 min

Not all grasses pack the same allergenic punch

Particular grass species may have greater effects on allergies and asthma than others, researchers find. The work could make pollen forecasts better.

U. Queensland • futurity
March 25, 2021 ~4 min

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

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

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

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