Plants & Animals
- Ants as "Bouncers" Keep Poor Pollinators Out
- "Most flowers don't want pesky ants hanging around scaring away would-be pollinators. Not so the Singapore rhododendron - the first flower found to recruit ants to chase poor pollinators away."
- Are Moths "Nectar Foodies"?
- "For moths, the ability to seek and remember alternate sources of food helps them survive harsh, food-deprived conditions. Scientists knew bees could learn, but this is the first proof that moths can too."
- Why Do Hummingbirds Do It The Hard Way?
- "This new high-speed video of feeding hummingbirds may help scientists understand why the birds almost always pollinate flowers that hang upside-down. upside-down."
- Tropical Seed Dispersers Are Less Picky
- "Scientists have now analysed the "Who with whom?" in a worldwide study and have discovered that the specialization of pollinators and seed disperses on individual plant species decreases towards the equator."
- Fossilized Kakapo Dung May Save Endangered Plant
- "A fossilized sample of thousand-year-old parrot dung has revealed a previously unknown ecological relationship that could help save a threatened parasitic plant from extinction."
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