Scanning the genetic barcode of plant-pollinator interactions

Tracking changes in ecosystems is both vital and extremely difficult. We need to know how differences in climate and land use will affect the success of different species, and what impacts this will have on the wider environment. Plant-pollinator interactions are particularly important for the stability of ecological communities, but how will these relationships be affected in ...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 213:4, March 2017

How far would you be prepared to walk to pick up some groceries? For even the most committed bipeds, I suspect it’s not as far as euglossine bees (or ‘orchid bees’) travel to visit their favourite flowers. It has been suggested that these extraordinary bees, featured on the cover of New Phytologist 213:4, can travel more than 20 km in one foraging trip. The cover image sh...
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3-D printed flowers provide insights into how orchids attract pollinators

Researchers have used 3D printing and artificial flowers to find out exactly how a type of Dracula orchid deceives flies into pollinating it, by pretending to be a mushroom. The shade-loving, tree-dwelling species, Dracula lafleurii, can be found in the cloud forests on the slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes. It often grows close to mushrooms, and resembles them in shape, colour...
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New Phytologist Editors’ choice: March 2016 – Plant volatiles

In late January and early February 2016 researchers will come together to participate in the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on the Diversity of Targets, Effects and Applications of Plant Volatiles. It is fitting, therefore, that we highlight not one article in this Editors’ choice, but a new collection of articles on the topic of plant volatiles. These articles have been broug...
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