By James D. Thomson, Jane E. Ogilvie, Takashi T.
Makino, Angela Arisz, Sneha Raju, Vanessa Rojas-Luengas, Marcus Tan
An artificial flower
Investigators of the interactions between plants and
pollinating animals have frequently resorted to artificial flowers to clarify
aspects of pollinator preferences and choice-making.Such experiments typically present animals
with arrays of multiple phenotypes of “flowers” constructed to vary in
particular characters; animals’ responses are measured as the visitation rates
to the different floral phenotypes.
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A plasterer bee dusted with pollen. Photo by S.D.Jones
feed on the pollen, nectar, and other plant liquids that are associated with
flowers. As a result of this feeding activity, pollen becomes attached to them. Analysis of this pollen can tell us what they eat, their dispersal
patterns in and around cropping systems, and their role in pollination.
However, finding pollen on and or in a pollinator depends on the technique used
to recover pollen. Two very easy techniques are described in detail that have
been used to recover pollen from a variety of pollinators.
Dogwood pollen. Bar: 20μm
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