Pollination in a new climate

This project focuses on the evolutionary simulation of bee and flower interactions for predicting impacts of climate change on pollination. Recent investigations on pollinator-plant interactions show that the learnt flower preferences of important pollinators like bees is dependent upon both flower temperature, and regional ambient temperatures. This shows that local and global changes in climatic

This project is producing computer simulations to reveal how climate change may directly influence flower evolution in the future, and how the management of environmentally and economically important plants can be modeled to inform reliable decision making about this important resource.

Research in this field is extremely important for agriculture in Australia and throughout the world, as pollinators (such as bees) depend on both flower and regional ambient temperatures.

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