publication . Article . 2016

Bumble Bees (Bombus terrestris) use mechanosensory hairs to detect electric fields

Gregory Sutton; Heather Whitney; Dominic Clarke; Daniel Robert;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: BIO Web of Conferences (issn: 2117-4458, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: EDP Sciences
Abstract
Bees and flowers have an intricate relationship which benefits both organisms. Plants provide nectar bees, in turn, distribute pollen to fertilize plants. To make pollination work, flowers need a mechanism to incentivize individual bees to visit only a single species of flower. Flowers, like modern advertising agencies, use multiple senses to create a floral ‘brand’ that is easily recognized. Size, smell, colour, touch, and even temperature are used to allow bees to differentiate between flower species. Recently, a new sense has been found that is usable by bees to differentiate flowers, an ‘electric sense’: they can identify flowers based only on the flower’s e...
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free text keywords: Science, Q, Biology (General), QH301-705.5, Microbiology, QR1-502, Physiology, QP1-981, Zoology, QL1-991, Botany, QK1-989, Pollen, medicine.disease_cause, medicine, Bombus terrestris, biology.organism_classification, biology, Pollination, Nectar, Electric sense
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