21 October, 2012

Pollen anaylses for dummies

By Gretchen D. Jones

A plasterer bee dusted with pollen. Photo by S.D.Jones
Pollinators 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

Read the whole summary: pdf.
Read the scientific publication in JPE . 

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