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Between the Pistil and the Pollen

A visit with Bruce McClure, Professor, Biochemistry

By Noelle Buhidar
Published: - Topics: biology biochemistry plants plant mating plant genetics

How Plants Identify Appropriate Mates

Topics: plants plant mating

Because plants can’t move around to find suitable mates, they depend on other forces, such as birds, bees, and wind, to bring them pollen. They can make themselves attractive to one kind of animal versus another, but they don’t have control over whose pollen is transferred to them. McClure is trying to understand how plants are able to screen all the pollen that comes to them and then identify the best choice.