FLOWERS AND BEES : ELECTRICITY OF LIFE

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THUNDERBOLTS PROJECT

Bees and Electric Charge 

Electricity of Life
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Published on 25 Jun 2016

An easy-to-follow video by Alex Fournier discussing new views from modern biology of the electrical interactions between bees and flowers. For both the pollen-harvesting process and the efficiency of foraging behavior, static electricity makes a bee’s life easier.

Primary scientific sources for this finding in popular science media:

Mechanosensory hairs in bumblebees detect weak electric fields.
Sutton, Clarke, Morley, & Robert
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/05/25/1601624113.full

Detection and learning of floral electric fields by bumblebees.
Clarke, Whitney, Sutton, & Robert
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23429701

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