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Nectar Fluorescence under Ultraviolet Irradiation

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Science  08 Aug 1975:
Vol. 189, Issue 4201, pp. 476-478
DOI: 10.1126/science.189.4201.476

Abstract

Nectar, which fluoresces in the visible and absorbs in the ultraviolet spectrum when irradiated by ultraviolet light, occurs in many bee-pollinated plants. It is suggested that these characteristics function as direct visual cues by which bees can evaluate the quantities of nectar available. Thus, they assume an important role in pollination of the flowers and foraging efficiency of beers.