April Program -- Pollination: What's the Story, Part One
Public Welcome Will be Recorded Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation
The relationship between plants and animals that visit the flowers to get nectar and pollen is a complicated one. Like most ecological relationships the two parties each have their own goals. Plants want their pollen moved around and animals want nectar and/or pollen for food. The tension between these two goals has driven a wide array of adaptations in flowers and in animal anatomy and behavior. Join Mike Slater for a fascinating look into insect adaptations for a pollination lifestyle. Part One will explore insect-plant/flower interactions in general, including some less obvious consequences of the flower-visiting behavior on different parts of natural ecosystems.