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Plant-pollinator mutualisms and biodiversity

A plant-pollinator mutualism is an association between a plant and a pollinator wherein each partner benefits from the other. Typically, the plant is cross-pollinated with other plants of the same species—a system which mixes the genetic material and creates strong and vigorous seeds. The pollinator gets pollen and nectar—or both—which it uses to nourish itself […] Read more

Are glacier lilies and bumble bees out of sync?

A new study, conducted in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, suggests a disturbing relationship between climate change and the pollination rate of a specific flower, the glacier lily. The research—performed over a 17-year period by Professor James Thomson from the University of Toronto—is due to be published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: […] Read more