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Grip, Slip, petals and pollinators

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1st year graduate seminar

The specialisation of petal surfaces to enhance grip for pollinators has recently been identified as an adaptation to improve pollination success. Despite the fact that grip may be a limiting factor for plant-pollinator interactions in many situations, the wider importance of grip in pollination is little known. Understanding the signficance of traits mediating plant-pollinator interactions can give insights into plant speciation as well as potentially having direct applications in improving crop pollination. We will be using a variety of approaches to first understand how petal surface texture interacts with pollinator tarsal morphology, before then exploring the functional significance of this in more specific situations.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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