17 November, 2016

Roses Are Red, Some Violets are Warm?

by Bernhardt et al.
Bicolour flower of Viola pedata
Remember how you were told that a dark coat keeps you a little warmer on a cold but sunny day?  Some plants blooming in chilly environments have dark purple or almost black patches on their flowers to keep cold-blooded insects toasty warm as they pollinate.  Three years of research at the Bernhardt/Meier Laboratory at the St. Louis University illustrate a new side to this colorful tale in a upcoming issue of the online, "Journal of Pollination Ecology."

Read the whole summary in: English!
Read the scientific publication in JPE.

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