Genius Bees Force Plants to Bloom by Biting Them - Gizmodo
May 22, 2020 46 secs

According to research published in Science on Thursday, bees have developed a way to force plants to flower faster, providing yet more proof that bees are smart and resilient as hell.

“We found that others had also observed such behaviors, but no one had explored what the bees were doing to the plants or reported an effect on flower production,” Mark Mescher, a professor at the university ETH Zürich and study author, said in a statement.

The experiment found that all of the punctured plants bloomed more quickly, but the ones the bees damaged produced flowers weeks earlier than the ones the scientists cut.

For tomato plants, it was 30 days while mustard plants damaged by the bees saw flowers bloom 14 days earlier.

Because bees pollinate plants and help them grow, many species depend on them for food.

How much this coping mechanism will help bees survive climate chaos, though, is an open question.


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