Navigation Links
First known instance of a cricket as an orchid pollinator captured on film by Kew scientist
Date:1/12/2010

An orchid researcher based on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean and collaborating with researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew) has used motion sensitive night cameras to capture the first known occurrence of a cricket functioning as a pollinator of flowering plants. Not only is this the first time this behaviour has been documented in a member of the Orthoptera order of insects who are better known for eating plants but the 'raspy cricket' is also entirely new to science. The discovery is revealed in a paper published today (12 January 2010) in Annals of Botany.

In 2008 Claire Micheneau, a RBG Kew-associated PhD student studying how the epiphytic orchid genus Angraecum has adapted to different pollinators on Reunion Island, and Jacques Fournel, her collaborator, shot the remarkable footage. It shows a raspy cricket (Glomeremus sp) carrying pollen on its head as it retreats from the greenish-white flowers of Angraecum cadetii.

The genus Angraecum is best known for Darwin's study of the comet orchid, Angraecum sesquipedale of Madagascar, and his hypothesis that it was pollinated by a bizarre, long-tongued moth pollinator a theory that was later proved to be true many years after his death.

Says Claire Micheneau, "We knew from monitoring pollen content in the flowers that pollination was taking place. However, we did not observe it during the day. That's why we rigged up a night camera and caught this raspy cricket in action. Watching the footage for the first time, and realising that we had filmed a truly surprising shift in the pollination of Angraecum, a genus that is mainly specialised for moth pollination, was thrilling.

"The moths that are the main Angraecum pollinators on Madagascar are not found on Reunion and until we started our research the pollination of this genus on Reunion had always been an open question."

Micheneau's re
'/>"/>

Contact: Bronwyn Friedlander
b.friedlander@kew.org
44-020-833-25605
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Which came first, the moth or the cactus?
2. First all-African GM crop is resistant to maize streak virus
3. Scientists retrace evolution with first atomic structure of an ancient protein
4. CU-Boulder team discovers first ancient manioc fields in Americas
5. First finding of a metabolite in 1 sex only
6. First orchid fossil puts showy blooms at some 80 million years old
7. First individual genome sequence published
8. U of M begins nations first clinical trial using T-reg cells from cord blood in leukemia treatment
9. UNH becomes first university in nation to use landfill gas as primary energy source
10. Scientists in first global study of poison gas in the atmosphere
11. Weight gain between first and second pregnancies associated with increased odds of male second child
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/11/2014)... , Dec. 10, 2014  That blood pressure plays ... a while. Hypertension – the medical term for high blood ... early 1800s, and the inflatable cuff that,s used in measuring ... however, mean there,s nothing new about hypertension, its triggers and ... beliefs about the condition and the best ways to treat ...
(Date:12/10/2014)... 2014 CIE San Diego has launched an ... connective tissue that enhances care coordination among social service ... client-level information; earned a second $1 million grant from ... seniors aging in community and; will be recognized as ... th 4-6p. CIE San Diego today ...
(Date:12/4/2014)... BEACH GARDENS, Fla. , Dec. 3, 2014 ... management solutions, today announced that its DigitalPersona ® ... 4500 fingerprint readers have been deployed throughout First ... , South Carolina ... headquartered in Southern Pines, North Carolina ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 2Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 3Research points to need for new approaches to treatment of high blood pressure 4Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 2Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 3Community Information Exchange San Diego Launches Pilot, Secures $1 Million Expansion Grant, and Becomes a "Live Well San Diego" Partner 4First Bank Partners with Crossmatch to Increase Log In Security 2First Bank Partners with Crossmatch to Increase Log In Security 3
... been shed on proteorhodopsin, the light-sensitive protein found in ... of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and ... when the ability to respire oxygen is impaired, bacterium ... carry out vital life processes. , ...
... an increased risk of fetal heart problems when mothers ... an abstract presented by Yale School of Medicine researchers ... in San Francisco. , Congenital heart block (CHB) ... heart's electrical signaling from the upper to the lower ...
... system to produce antibodies that act against some essential ... can act against sperm, eggs or reproductive hormones, which ... ova. , Proponents of the technique, which ... as more humane than the conventional methods of controlling ...
Cached Biology News:Shedding new light on proteorhodopsin 2Shedding new light on proteorhodopsin 3Manipulating nature: Scientists query wildlife birth-control method 2
(Date:12/17/2014)... (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 Ipsen ... IPN; ADR: IPSEY), today announced that ... to as Somatuline®) was approved by the U.S. ... of gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) in adult patients ... or metastatic disease to improve progression-free survival (PFS). ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 17, 2014 This report is ... Tubing industry. For an overview analysis, the report ... industry chain structure, industry overview, policy analysis, and ... industry has witnessed rapid development with key ... acquisitions. This report mentions quartz tubing upstream raw ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 ... Inc. announces today that it has entered into ... Daniels Midland Company (ADM) to apply DNA2.0’s proprietary ... industrial enzyme engineering process. , “We are extremely ... our ProteinGPS engineering platform. This proprietary bioengineering ...
(Date:12/17/2014)... 16, 2014  Vermillion, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRML ... today announced the next step in its expanded strategy ... provider with the naming of current Chief Operating Officer, ... Officer, while current Chairman of the Board and CEO ... Chairman. These changes are effective January 1, 2015. ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Ipsen Announces the FDA Approval of Somatuline® Depot® (lanreotide) Injection for the Treatment of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors 2Ipsen Announces the FDA Approval of Somatuline® Depot® (lanreotide) Injection for the Treatment of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors 3Ipsen Announces the FDA Approval of Somatuline® Depot® (lanreotide) Injection for the Treatment of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors 4Ipsen Announces the FDA Approval of Somatuline® Depot® (lanreotide) Injection for the Treatment of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors 5Ipsen Announces the FDA Approval of Somatuline® Depot® (lanreotide) Injection for the Treatment of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors 6Ipsen Announces the FDA Approval of Somatuline® Depot® (lanreotide) Injection for the Treatment of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors 7Ipsen Announces the FDA Approval of Somatuline® Depot® (lanreotide) Injection for the Treatment of Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors 82020 Quartz Tubing Market: Global Development & Forecasts Analysis Now at DeepResearchReports.com 2ADM and DNA2.0 Enter Into Protein Engineering Technology Access and Service Agreement 2Vermillion Names Valerie Palmieri CEO; James LaFrance to continue as Chairman of Board 2Vermillion Names Valerie Palmieri CEO; James LaFrance to continue as Chairman of Board 3Vermillion Names Valerie Palmieri CEO; James LaFrance to continue as Chairman of Board 4
... Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New... -- NEW YORK, October 5, 2010 ... ... --> ... s = ,; var first_result; // Results are keyed by longUrl, so we need to grab the ...
... Ore. Nanotechnology is about to emerge in the world ... approaches are needed to understand the implications for public health, ... and prevent possible risks, researchers say in a new report. ... Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health , scientists from Oregon ...
... Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report ... Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry ... the worldwide markets for Soft Tissue Allografts in ... Meniscus Allografts, and Tendon Allografts. The report provides ...
Cached Biology Technology:Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 2Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 3Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 4Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 5Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 6Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 7Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 8Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 9Philadelphia Eagles' Offensive Lineman Todd Herremans Joins SPO Medical to Endorse New SPO Wellness(TM) Product Line 10New approaches needed to gauge safety of nanotech-based pesticides 2New approaches needed to gauge safety of nanotech-based pesticides 3Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 2Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 3Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 4Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 5Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 6Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 7Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 8Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 9Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 10Reportlinker Adds Global Soft Tissue Allografts Industry 11
...
... collection and automation that is controlled from ... with Microsoft Excel , Pre-configured library ... density meters, force gauges, spectrophotometers, etc ... be added and configured by the user ...
DNA sequencing - plasmids or PCR fragments, 3-7 working days service....
Nuclear/Cytosol Fractionation Kit Research Focus: other Storage Temperature: 4C Shipping Temperature: 4C...
Biology Products: