Variation in pollinators' view of flowers and plants

Wednesday 20th of November 2013, 05:20 PM (6 years ago)

Contact: David Lyttle | djl1yttle@gmail.com | (03) 454 5470

A talk by Dr John Conran, Associate Head, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Adelaide. Humans often assume that what we see is seen by others. This is not true and needs to be taken into account when thinking about plant pollination by insects and birds. Because of the variation of perceived light waves and ultra violet light, different species have different views of the world. For example a bees view of green foliage would be a 'real bad acid trip' for humans. Dr Conran will discuss the implications of this variation in relation to pollination in the NZ flora. At the Zoology Benham Building, 346 Great King Street, behind the Zoology car park by the Captain Cook Hotel. Use the main entrance of the Benham Building to get in and go to the Benham Seminar Room, Rm. 215, 2nd floor. Please be prompt as we have to hold the door open.