Researchers from the University of Bristol have just found that flowers use electric fields to communicate. Image © Julian Harris, Dominic Clarke. Check out the video…
According to a new study, published in Science Express, researchers shows that bees are able to find and distinguish electric signals given out by flowers.
Dr. Heather Whitney, a co-author of the study, said:
“This novel communication channel reveals how flowers can potentially inform their pollinators about the honest status of their precious nectar and pollen reserves”. The last thing a flower wants is to attract a bee and then fail to provide nectar; a lesson in honest advertising since bees are good learners and would soon lose interest in such unrewarding flower”.