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Traits That Make Plants Irresistible to Pollinators

Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:00am – 11:00am

Storrs Campus
Torrey Life Science Building, Room 154, UConn, Storrs

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Greenhouses will hold a special talk, tour, and scavenger hunt on Pollination Syndromes – the Traits That Make Plants Irresistible to Pollinators on Saturday March 10 at 10 am. This free activity will begin at the Torrey Life Science Building, Room 154, on the UConn Storrs campus.

When you say pollination, people may think of bees and butterflies simply traveling from one flower to the next. However, many flowers have unique traits that enable them to reproduce in very specialized ways. Some plants use these traits to utilize wind or water to propagate, while other plants may reproduce with the help of bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, and numerous other animal species. These traits, known as Pollination Syndromes, can include the flower’s shape, size, color, smell, taste, and bloom timing.

Discover the fascinating world of Pollination Syndromes in a special presentation by Dr. Matthew Opel, Collections Horticulturist with the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Greenhouses at UConn. Then head over to the nearby Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Greenhouses for a self-guided tour and plant scavenger hunt created by Greenhouse Collections Manager Clinton Morse, Dr. Opel and the greenhouse staff. The scavenger hunt will feature many plants with unusual pollination strategies.

This activity is free and advanced registration is not required. To contact the Museum, visit http://www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar.html or call 860-486-4460.

Contact:

david.colberg@uconn.edu

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), EEB Related Events, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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