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    This interactive groups Hub resources into key science and technology concepts. The article Pollination resources provides pedagogical advice and links to the New Zealand Curriculum.

    This interactive diagram provides a selection of pathways that allow for differing approaches and starting points using our pollination resources. The aim is to assist educators with their planning of lessons and units of work by providing options that cover multiple science concepts. Click on the labels for links to supporting articles, media and student activities.

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    Pollination basics

    Pollination is the process that transfers pollen from the male part of a flower to the female part.

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    Video acknowledgement: University of Waikato

    Avocado pollination

    Avocados have an unusual system of flowering to prevent self-pollination. This can make things difficult for growers.

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    Kiwifruit pollination

    Kiwifruit flowers are insect pollinated, but they are a bit unusual. They don’t have nectar to attract insects, and they produce ‘fake’ pollen.

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    Flowers and pollination

    All flower parts play a role in reproduction.

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    Attracting pollinators

    Flowers have many ways to help animals or the wind to pollinate them.

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    Bees and pollination

    Honey bees are the most important pollinators of many cultivated food crops and other flowering plants.

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    Native birds as pollinators

    Birds are important pollinators of many native plants. Contrary to previous beliefs, if birds are not available to pollinate certain native flowers, insects cannot fill the role.

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    Pollination experts

    Find out who is working in the field of plant pollination.

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    Image acknowledgement: Eve Welch, University of Canterbury

    NZC level 1 and 2 pollination resources

    These resources offer an introduction to the science behind pollination.

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    Pollination and technology

    Many kiwifruit growers use artificial pollination. Innovative technology includes robotics and sensors.

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