The colourful world of flowers and their pollinators
Learn about the role of flowers in the life cycles of flowering plants. Discover how flowers ensure the transfer of pollen, and meet some of the unsuspecting animal pollinators.
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Pollination and fertilisation are parts of the sexual reproduction process of flowering plants. Pollination brings male and female gametes together so their genetic material can combine through...
Flowers have many ways to help animals or the wind to pollinate them. For example, animals visit flowers for a food reward and accidentally pollinate the flowers during their search.
Honey bees are the most important pollinators of many food crops. Bees visit flowers for food and accidentally pollinate them at the same time. Bee populations are threatened by varroa mites.
Some New Zealand mistletoes can only be pollinated by a few species of native birds. Research has linked low bird numbers to reduced pollination and plant population survival.