Come si comportano le piante per attirare i loro impollinatori

[english version]

Recentemente ho pubblicato, insieme a Olive Imanizabayo, Dennis Hansen, e Scott Armbruster, un articolo dove esaminiamo come il ‘comportamento’ dei fiori possa influenzarne l’impollinazione. Ci siamo concentrati, in particolare, sul movimento di certe strutture extraflorali, e su come questo possa modificare l’accesso ai fiori da parte degli insetti impollinatori. Continue reading

Plants that ‘behave’ to optimize pollination

[Italian translation]

Recently, together with Olive Imanizabayo, Dennis Hansen, and Scott Armbruster, I published an article where we explore the role of flowers’ ‘behaviour’ in their pollination. Specifically we looked at the movement of some extrafloral structures and how could it affect the access of flower visitors.

© 2012 Scott Hilburn.

Most plants rely on flowers to reproduce. For transferring pollen to ovules (future seeds), most flowering plants rely on animals, that for this reason are called pollinators. In the evolutionary push toward optimizing pollination success, plants develope “floral syndromes”, Continue reading