New study finds “messy” microscopic structures on petals of some flowers manipulate light to produce a blue colour effect that is easily seen by bee pollinators. Researchers say these petal grooves evolved independently multiple times across flowering plants, but produce the same result: a floral halo of blue-to-ultraviolet light.
Helen Anne Curry (Department of History and Philosophy of Science) discusses the history of our fascination with floral novelties.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden is holding its annual Festival of Plants on Saturday 14 May 2016, offering something for everyone to enjoy: from families to photographers, gardeners to budding plant scientists or anyone looking for an interesting day out in beautiful surroundings.
Latest research shows that flowers’ iridescent petals, which may look plain to human eyes, are perfectly tailored to a bee’s-eye-view.
A garden event with a difference, the Festival of Plants brings together horticulture and plant science in a day devoted to all things plant, from propagation to pollination, from seed to shopping!
New research reveals that velcro-like cells on plant petals play a crucial role in helping bees grip flowers.