Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Tiny bees play big part in secret sex lives of trees

Date:  November 6, 2017
Source:  University of Texas at Austin

When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting long-distance pairings. That's what scientists discovered after one of the most detailed paternity tests in wild trees ever conducted. The research gives new insights into how certain bees promote genetic diversity that is essential for plants to adapt to various threats, from disease to climate change.


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