Buzz pollination


Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin, University of Stirling


Thursday, 22 February, 2018 - 18:00

The interaction between flowers and animal pollinators has given rise to some of the most striking examples of adaptive evolution. Buzz pollination is a type of pollination in which bees use high frequency vibrations to extract pollen from flowers. Most buzz-pollinated flowers keep pollen tightly locked inside their anthers and the only efficient way to extract it is through animal vibrations. Buzz pollination has been known for more than a century, yet we still know relatively little about it. Here I will present recent work from my lab addressing basic questions on buzz pollination including: How do you build a buzz-pollinated flower? Can bees learn to buzz pollinate? Do all bees produce similar types of vibrations? How does neonicotinoid exposure affect buzz pollination? And, ultimately, why does buzz pollination evolve?

Mario Vallejo-Marin is an Associate Professor in evolutionary biology at the University of Stirling. He is interested in plant evolution, bee pollination, and the origin of species.

BSS lectures are held jointly with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Tea available from 17.30.
All welcome


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