Episode 16: Pollination 101


This week we discuss the basics of plant pollination, a.k.a. plant sex. Casey breaks it down, describing how pollen, once deposited on a the stigma of a flower, sends it sperm cells down to the egg. This is how seeds are formed.

Lily is an example of a “perfect” flower. As Casey describes, plants with perfect flowers have both male and female sex parts and “snuggle them right up together inside the same flower.”  (via wikimedia commons)

Daniel gives an overview of pollination syndromes, simplistic ways of determining which pollinators will pollinate which flowers. This concept is a bit outdated, but it has helped us learn much of what we know today about pollination. Read more about pollination syndromes here.


This episode aired on Radio Boise in June 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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