Fifty shades of red? Flowers 'pick' birds over insects
Last updated: 3 Jul, 2013
Shrestha M., Dyer A.G., Boyd-Gerny S., Wong B.B.M., Burd M. 2013 Shades of red: bird-pollinated flowers target the specific colour discrimination abilities of avian vision. New Phytologist 198(2): 301–310.
Interesting paper published in the April 2013 – 198(1) – issue of New Phytologist exploring pollinator preferences and flower colour signals. The study by researchers at RMIT University and Monash University (both Melbourne, Australia), provides a new understanding about the evolution of flower colour in bird-pollinated plants.