Electric Flower Power!

Bees and flowers communicate using electrical fields

A set of fascinating new findings recently published in Science, supporting a novel mode of communication between plants and their pollinators! Have a look at this incredible video recording!

“Plants have to do everything animals do, such as coping with predators, finding food or finding a mate. But they have to do all that sitting still! The only way to achieve that is by manipulating other creatures…Plants are hugely manipulative!” Dr. Heather Whithney

“Insects, including bees, rely on many senses in their search for food. In a Report in the 4 April issue of Science, Clarke et al.reveal that in addition to sight and smell, bumblebees also detect floral electric fields. In this video, a bumblebee’s approach to a flower is mapped to the recording of the plant’s electric field. Because both the flower and bee respond to each other’s fields, this may provide a rapid form of communication between plant and pollinator”. from Science

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