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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

    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...

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    Attracting pollinators

    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.

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    Honey bee heroes

    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.

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    Mistletoes and mutualism

    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.

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Artificial pollination of kiwifruit using sprays wastes valuable pollen. Mark Goodwin...


NZ Research Collection

NZ Research Collection collection.
NZ Research Collection collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking Closer

Looking Closer collection.
Looking Closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Pollination, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Pollination. Click on a name to find out more...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Pollination.


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at how scientists have changed their ideas about the importance of bird pollination in New Zealand.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Pollination...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of some key concepts encountered when exploring the Pollination context.

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to Pollination.

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