Avian Pollination Studies: A Simple Scanning Electron Microscopic Technique

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Science  14 Jul 1978:
Vol. 201, Issue 4351, pp. 167-168
DOI: 10.1126/science.201.4351.167


Identifying ornithophilous plant species utilized by several different flower-visiting birds is simplified by the scanning electron microscope. The technique involves comparing pollen samples taken from the birds' head feathers with pollen reference standards collected in the same area, which simplifies analysis of pollination patterns in a complex community.