Unless it happens to be allergy season, most people don’t give a lot of thought to pollen. But new research might change the way we look at a field of flowers.
A collaborative study by Clemson scientist Matthew Koski suggests that pollen colour can evolve independently from flower traits, and that plant species maintain both light and dark pollen because each offers distinct survival advantages.
Koski’s research is featured as the cover story of the April issue of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology and is titled “Pollen colour morphs take different paths to fitness.” Andrea Berardi of the University of Bern in Switzerland and Laura Galloway of the University of Virginia were Koski’s co-authors. MORE
Header image: Matthew Koski is an assistant professor in the department of biological sciences. Credit: Courtesy of Dustin Fleetwood.