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+ - Bumblebees Communicate with Flowers Via Electric Fields

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An anonymous reader writes "It's easy to think that flowers don't communicate with each other, well at least not in the traditional sense, but new a new discovery shows that electric fields allow them to communicate with bumblebees and possibly other species, as well as with humans. Dominic Clarke and Heather Whitney from the University of Bristol wrote that bumblebees can sense the electric field that surrounds a flower. The new research shows that bumblebees are able to learn to distinguish between fields produced by different floral shapes, or use them to work out whether a flower has been recently visited by other bees."
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Bumblebees Communicate with Flowers Via Electric Fields

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