Tiny bees are better than large ones at pollinating

When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting long-distance pairings. That's what scientists at The University of Texas at Austin discovered after one of the most detailed paternity tests in wild trees ever conducted. The research gives new insight into how tiny pollinating animals promote genetic diversity that is essential for plants' adaptation in the face of disease, climate change and other threats relevant for agriculture and reforestation efforts worldwide.

Tiny bees are better than large ones at pollinating

Tue 7 Nov 17 from Cosmos Magazine

Tiny bees play big part in secret sex lives of trees

When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting long-distance pairings. That's what scientists at The University of Texas at Austin discovered ...

Mon 6 Nov 17 from Phys.org

Tiny bees help trees form long-distance relationships

To produce seeds, plants require the assistance of intermediary parties -- pollinators. New research suggests tiny bees are essential to this process.

Tue 7 Nov 17 from UPI

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