The hidden beauty of pollination

Pollination is the intersection between the plant and animal kingdoms, where evolution and reproduction merge, and – as you’ll see in this video, after a short introduction by Louie Schwartzberg, – where art and science coalesce with a brilliant synergy

Spring is here and if you look around, you’ll see lots of flowers — and hopefully, lots of bees, too. Those bees are hard at work collecting nectar and pollen to feed their growing hive of sisters. At the same time, they’re pollinating flowers, ensuring another generation of plants, too. Pollination is one of the most essential biological activities in nature. Ninety percent of all flowering plants require an animal pollinator to successfully reproduce — and most of the food plants that humans and animals rely on are flowering plants. Pollination is a mutually beneficial relationship for both the plant and the pollinator. A wide variety of animals — primarily insects, but also birds and bats — pollinate plants.

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  1. alfy says:

    Pollination is one of the planks of the creationist (anti-evolution) arguments. Given the complexity of many pollination mechanism, what were the poor plants to do while waiting for the pollinators to evolve? Similarly, what were insects like honey bees to do while waiting for the plants to evolve nectar in their flowers? Clearly the whole thing had been created, de novo, as a complex interlocking mechanism.

    The idea that the flower and several advanced orders of insects like the Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants) and Diptera (flies) had evolved alongside the flowering plants over the last 80 million years was too mind-blowing for them. The complex interlock had been achieved by mutual response and changes between animals and plants.

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