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The diversity of floral temperature patterns, and their use by pollinators

Overview of attention for article published in eLife, December 2017
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Title
The diversity of floral temperature patterns, and their use by pollinators
Published in
eLife, December 2017
DOI 10.7554/elife.31262
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Authors

Michael JM Harrap, Sean A Rands, Natalie Hempel de Ibarra, Heather M Whitney

Abstract

Pollinating insects utilise various sensory cues to identify and learn rewarding flower species. One such cue is floral temperature, created by captured sunlight or plant thermogenesis. Bumblebees, honeybees and stingless bees can distinguish flowers based on differences in overall temperature between flowers. We report here that floral temperature often differs between different parts of the flower creating a temperature structure or pattern. Temperature patterns are common, with 55% of 118 plant species thermographed, showing within-flower temperature differences greater than the 2°C difference that bees are known to be able to detect. Using differential conditioning techniques, we show that bumblebees can distinguish artificial flowers differing in temperature patterns comparable to those seen in real flowers. Thus, bumblebees are able to perceive the shape of these within-flower temperature patterns. Floral temperature patterns may therefore represent a new floral cue that could assist pollinators in the recognition and learning of rewarding flowers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 86 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 21 24%
Unspecified 15 17%
Student > Bachelor 12 14%
Researcher 11 13%
Student > Master 9 10%
Other 18 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 41 48%
Unspecified 18 21%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 13 15%
Environmental Science 8 9%
Computer Science 1 1%
Other 5 6%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 185. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 January 2018.
All research outputs
#72,632
of 13,475,838 outputs
Outputs from eLife
#204
of 7,188 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3,941
of 386,648 outputs
Outputs of similar age from eLife
#13
of 350 outputs
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