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Plants support pollinators in the most basic of ways.
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UF Native Buzz

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Providing nesting habitat for native pollinators through a community of citizen scientists.
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Low number of bees in found urban areas, national bee count in US ready to count again

Low number of bees in found urban areas, national bee count in US ready to count again | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Biologists have found low numbers of bees in urban areas across America.
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Streaming video : The Honeybee Genome : Nature

Nature is the international weekly journal of science: a magazine style journal that publishes full-length research papers in all disciplines of science, as well as News and Views, reviews, news, features, commentaries, web focuses and more,...
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Plant has a bat beckoning beacon

Plant has a bat beckoning beacon | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

A rainforest vine has evolved dish-shaped leaves to attract the bats that pollinate it. The leaves were supremely efficient at bouncing back the sound pulses the flying mammals used to navigate. When the leaves were present the bats located the plant twice as quickly as when these echoing leaves were removed. The study is the first to find a plant with "specialised acoustic features" to help bat pollinators find them using sound.


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Plant science: A leaf that's loud and proud

Plant science: A leaf that's loud and proud | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Many plants lure pollinators to their flowers with diverse colours and patterns, but Marcgravia evenia (pictured) has evolved to attract pollinators that rely on sound rather than sight. The Cuban rainforest vine grows a deep cup-shaped leaf above its flowers that creates a distinct echo for nectar-feeding bats.


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Bees can 'turn back time,' reverse brain aging

Bees can 'turn back time,' reverse brain aging | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered that older honey bees effectively reverse brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees.
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Bee Deaths And Seed Treatments | March 26, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 13 | Chemical & Engineering News

Bee Deaths And Seed Treatments | March 26, 2012 Issue - Vol. 90 Issue 13 | Chemical & Engineering News | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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The pollinator crisis: What's best for bees?

The pollinator crisis: What's best for bees? | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

Pollinating insects are in crisis. Understanding bees' relationships with introduced plant species could help.

 


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Wordless Wednesday: My Favorite Pollinators | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network

Wordless Wednesday: My Favorite Pollinators | The Urban Scientist, Scientific American Blog Network | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
June 18-24, 2012 is Pollinator Week. Join me is raising awareness of the importance of pollinators our ecosystems.   How well do you know your bees? Take ...
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Rooftop blooms help pollinators

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Threatened invertebrates including bees could benefit from biodiverse "living roofs", according to charity Buglife.
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Bee Informed Partnership - Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems

Bee Informed Partnership - Using beekeepers' real world experience to solve beekeepers' real world problems | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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Honeybee Swarms Increase in N.Y.C. After Mild Spring

Honeybee Swarms Increase in N.Y.C. After Mild Spring | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
Black swarms of overcrowded, homeless honeybees have proliferated this season in New York City, possibly because of the mild weather.
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Special issue of Botany showcases CANPOLIN research

Special issue of Botany showcases CANPOLIN research | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
A special issue of the journal Botany is set to showcase to the world the multipronged-approach that Canadian researchers are bringing to the study of pollination biology.
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Louie Schwartzberg: The hidden beauty of pollination

http://www.ted.com Pollination: it's vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world. Pollination starts about 3:15


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Insert Tongue Here – flower arrows guide fly tongues | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

Insert Tongue Here – flower arrows guide fly tongues | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

The rare South African iris (Lapeirousia oreogena) has a ring of six stunning purple petals, atop an equally vivid straw-like stem. The petals have white marks, which look like arrows pointing towards the centre of the flower. And that’s exactly what they are.
The iris is pollinated by the accurately named “long-proboscid fly”, whose tongue is twice as long as its body. It hovers over the flower and aims for the centre, driving its tongue deep into the stem to reach the pool of nectar at the bottom. As it drinks, its head pushes against the flower’s male organs, which deposit a dollop of pollen. When the fly leaves, it carries this payload to another iris. The flies and the flowers are intimate partners of evolution. The long tongues and stems have been perfectly aligned to give one partner a drink and the other a flying sexual aide.
All of this depends on the white arrows. When Dennis Hansen from the University of Kwazulu-Natal painted over the markings, the fly could no longer find the flower’s centre. The arrows are like a sign that says, “Insert tongue here”.


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The beautiful tricks of flowers

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The Madagascar star orchid, Angraecum sesquipedale, is especially famous because of its incredibly long "nectar spur" -- a long tubular extension that holds the flower's nectar. As pollinating moths reach their tongues to the nectar, they are forced to brush their faces in pollen, thus pollinating the flower. Of course, the moths evolved longer tongues to make it easier to each the nectar, also avoiding pollinating the flower. In response, the flower developed longer nectar spurs to force the moth to pollinate it, and so on. This biological balancing act where an organism drives the evolution of one or more of its evolutionary partner's traits is known as coevolution.


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France to Ban Pesticide To Protect Honey Bees | Cleantech Chemistry

French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said on Friday that the country plans to ban the use of a neonicotinoid pesticide used as a seed coating for the...
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The Atlantic: On the dandelion/orchid hypothesis

The Atlantic: On the dandelion/orchid hypothesis | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it

David Dobbs write thoughtfully on this idea, which some developmental and evolutionary psychologists are now use to organize theory and findings.

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Insects and the city

Insects and the city | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
A three-year survey across Britain aims to uncover the habitats where insect pollinators do best.
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Boots on the Ground: A Radical Shift in the Interface Between Research and Real World. - Bee Informed Partnership

Boots on the Ground: A Radical Shift in the Interface Between Research and Real World. - Bee Informed Partnership | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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Survey by USDA and Collaborators Reports Fewer Winter Honey Bee Losses / May 31, 2012 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service

Survey by USDA and Collaborators Reports Fewer Winter Honey Bee Losses / May 31, 2012 / News from the USDA Agricultural Research Service | Pollinators: a plant focus, for backyards | Scoop.it
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