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PEEC Seminar - Synergies and conflicts in plant-pollinator interactions

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
academic
Sponsor
PEEC Department, Host: Philip Anderson
Location
B102 CLSL
Date
Jan 16, 2019   4:00 - 5:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Tom Daniel, University of Washington
Contact
Philip Anderson
E-Mail
andersps@illinois.edu
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Originating Calendar
Integrative Biology - PEEC Seminars

Dr. Tom Daniel

University of Washington

 

"Synergies and conflicts in plant-pollinator interactions"

 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 4:00 P.M.

 

Charles G. Miller Auditorium

B102 CLSL

 

Abstract:

The recent explosive evolutionary diversification of flowering plants traditionally is attributed to the coevolution of plants and their animal pollinators.  The physical details of this interaction offer insight into both synergistic and conflicting interests of parties.  We use a combination 3D printing, robotics, with biomechanical, sensory, and behavioral studies to explore the mechanisms that give rise to pollinator success.  We find that pollinators use multiple sensory cues to effectively feed from flowers and that the flower shape plays a critical role in the capacity of pollinators to exploit nectar resources.

Coffee and cookies will be served in the atrium outside the auditorium beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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