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The bee's last meal

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  • Peter Bernhardt
    Some members may be interested in a recent article by Dr. Gretchen D. Jones (2012) Pollen extraction from insects in the journal Palynology Vol. 36, pp.
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      Some members may be interested in a recent article by Dr. Gretchen D. Jones (2012) "Pollen extraction from insects" in the journal Palynology Vol. 36, pp. 86-109.  In particular, the author describes protocols and chemicals used to dissolve insect tissues then clean, stain, mount and identify pollen grains found in the digestive tract.  Some of you may still be wondering if a particular insect species is going to a particular flower to eat/collect pollen or simply drink nectar?  I do have one warning, though.  The article is written by a palynologist (someone studying the cleaned walls of pollen grains) not a pollination biologist or entomologist.  Some of her comments on plant-insect interaction/evolution are very out of date.  

      Peter Bernhardt   
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