Title

Plant biology: Nectar bacteria grow by germinating and bursting pollen

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Biology

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.08.024

Publication Date

10-11-2021

Journal Title

Current Biology

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