Fluorescence reveals hidden details in flowers that attract pollinators
By Frida Kalm, Scientist, Cytiva
Wednesday, 01 June, 2022
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Colour patterns and colour contrasts are the most recognisable way for flowers to attract pollinators like birds and bees. In addition, certain areas of the flower including some pollen and nectar are fluorescent as well, which could potentially aid in the pollination of flowers (1–6). Using multiplex fluorescence imaging, we found intricate and detailed fluorescence patterns in flowers which were not detected by visual colour inspection. In particular, the central parts exhibit strikingly different fluorescence properties when illuminated with Ultraviolet (UV), visible, and Infrared (IR) light. The potential role of fluorescence in flower signalling and communication is an exciting new field of research (1–6) which requires state of the art imagers. The Amersham ImageQuant 800 is an ideal companion with its wide range of narrow range light-emitting diodes (LED) and multiple emission filters, which can be combined freely. The illumination range spans from UV to IR.
The following flowers were imaged using Amersham ImageQuant 800 and images were analysed using ImageQuant TL analysis software.
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