Plant biology: Nectar bacteria grow by germinating and bursting pollen
Microbial residents of floral nectar must survive in a carbohydrate-rich yet seemingly nitrogen-poor environment. A new study shows that Acinetobacter spp., common nectar-inhabiting bacteria, differentially induce the pollen commonly found in nectar to germinate and burst, releasing nutrients for microbial growth.
Crowley, Bailey, and Avery Russell. "Plant biology: Nectar bacteria grow by germinating and bursting pollen." Current Biology 31, no. 19 (2021): R1120-R1122.