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Bees? Please. These plants are putting ants to work

Source: ecu.edu.au

In a world first, ECU researchers have discovered a plant that has successfully evolved to use ants – as well as native bees – as pollinating agents by overcoming their antimicrobial defences.

ECU PhD student Nicola Delnevo discovered the trait in a group of shrubs found the Swan Coastal Plain in Western Australia.

Mr Delnevo said ant pollination of plants was incredibly rare. MORE