July 29, 2011
Plant Evolved Bat Beckoning Beacon For Pollination
BBC News, BBC News
A rainforest vine has evolved dish-shaped leaves to attract the bats that pollinate it, scientists have found.
Tests revealed that the leaves were supremely efficient at bouncing back the sound pulses the flying mammals used to navigate.
When the leaves were present the bats located the plant twice as quickly as when these echoing leaves were removed.
TAGGED: pollination, echolocation, plants, bats