Study finds small bees carry pollen further than larger ones

by Christine Sinatra, University of Texas at Austin

​When it comes to sex between plants, tiny bees the size of ladybugs play a critical role in promoting long-distance pairings. That’s what scientists at the University of Texas at Austin discovered after one of the most detailed paternity tests in wild trees ever conducted.

The research gives new insight into how tiny pollinating animals promote genetic diversity that is essential for plants’ adaptation in the face of disease, climate change and other threats relevant for agriculture and reforestation efforts worldwide. Continue reading