Plants and Pipettes

Tegan and Joram explore the world of molecular plant research. How to plants sense their environment? What controls their metabolism? How do they store energy? Come along to an excursion into the very cells of all green things!


episode 87: Licked by a bee – pollinators, plants and pollinators (also pollinators)

A bumblebee’s tongue is not something we thought to discuss but here we are. This week, by pure coincidence, is all about plants and their pollinators. Follow the buzz, sip some nectar and come along for some plant science.

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  • Paper of the week
    • Mackin, CR,  Peña, JF,  Blanco, MA,  Balfour, NJ,  Castellanos, MC.  Rapid evolution of a floral trait following acquisition of novel pollinators. J Ecol.  2021; 00: 1– 13. 
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  • Plants remember drought
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 2021-04-16  1h27m