Meeting with speaker: Michael Batley on 'Bees and other Pollinators'
Please join us on 23rd June for Michael Batley's talk on Native bees and other pollinators
Michael Batley (BSc, PhD) is an honorary Research Associate of the Australian Museum with a special interest in Australian native bees. He is a co-author of "Native Bees of the Sydney Region. A Field Guide" and several scientific publication on bees. He is involved in collaborations with entomologists and ecologists at CSIRO, Museum Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Western Australian Museum and the University of Sydney.
Native bees and other pollinators
There are many factors that determine whether plants propagate successfully, but it is the evolution by flowers of better ways to ensure pollination that has produced the spectacular variety of types that we enjoy today. Bees, too, have evolved in various ways that benefit their reproductive success. The obvious dependence of each group on the other has fascinated humans for centuries, but scientific thought, too, has had to evolve in order to overcome our natural inclination to oversimplify. Even though our understanding of pollination is very incomplete, examination of the array of pollination strategies used by our native flora makes them even more fascinating and beautiful.
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