Common ant pollinates rare wild jamun

  • Bees might be the most well-known pollinators, but researchers have found that common white-footed ants are the best pollinators of a rare evergreen tree in the southern Western Ghats.
  • Syzygium occidentale is a small, wild jamun tree that grows mostly along the banks of the River Periyar in Kerala.
  • It is categorised as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
  • The survival of such a species is crucial, depending on the fruits it produces, which is only possible if pollinators fertilize its flowers first.


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