Category Archives: Plants & Animals

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Climate Change Causes Pollinators and Plants to Be Out of Sync

If climate change disturbs the timing between flowering and pollinators that overwinter in place, such as butterflies, bumblebees, flies, and even mosquitoes, the intimate relationships between plants and pollinators that have co-evolved over the past thousands of years will be irrevocably altered.

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Bees Go for Flowers That Are Hot!

…the tests showed that bees preferred warmer plants and could learn to identify the hotter species by the colour of flowers.

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Loss of Pollinators Especially Hard on Plants in Biological Hotspots

Species in species-rich regions face two challenges that increase the risk of extinction: habitat destruction, which is occurring at alarming rates in the tropics, and reduced pollinator activity.

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What Happens When You Mess With Symbiotic Pollination Relationships?

With as many as 70% of plant species dependent on animal pollinators and at least 82 mammalian pollinator species and 103 bird pollinator species considered threatened or extinct, this is sobering news.

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When Mutualism Isn’t Mutual, Part 1

Many, if not all, plants maintain relationships with bacteria, and like any hardworking homeowner, they have developed ways to get rid of freeloaders … biologists have found. In a study of a coastal California lupine that harbors nitrogen-fixing bacteria in its roots, … researchers have shown that the roots respond differently to bacteria that efficiently produce nitrogen than they do to the slackers.

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Flowers Welcome Fishy Neighbors

Fish and flowering plants would seem to have as much in common as pigs and beauty soap. But ecologists … found an amazing relationship between the different species that provides a new direction for understanding how ecosystems “hook up.”

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Ants Kill Plants That Get In Their Way

An Amazonian ant that uses its own 'herbicide' to shape its surroundings has been described by scientists.

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Ants Use Plant To Construct Trap

This is the first time we have seen ants capable of building a trap to ambush and capture prey.

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Venus Flytrap Mechanics Revealed

As a vegetarian, it is nice to think about plants that eat animals rather than the other way around!

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Plants Get Ants "Jacked Up" On Nectar To Make Them Aggressive

Researchers report for the first time that when plants supply ants with nectar, it boosts the ants' desire for meat, potentially making them better bodyguards for the plant.