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


October 24, 2013
Bees Almost Disappeared with Dinosaurs
Rachel Sullivan, ABC Science
The massive extinction event that saw the dinosaurs wiped out at the end of the Cretaceous period almost claimed another victim: bees, new Australian research has found. more ››