February 22, 2013

Bees Can Read a Flower's Electrical Field

Douglas Heaven, NewScientist


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Plants could turn out to be one of the more chatty organisms. Recent studies have shown they can communicate with a surprising range of cues. Now it turns out they could be sending out electrical signals, too.

As they fly through the air, bees – like all insects – acquire a positive electric charge. Flowers, on the other hand, are grounded and so have a negative charge.

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TAGGED: Bees, Pollination, Flowers, Electric Field

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