APR 28, 2015 8:50 AM PDT

Orchid Proteins Compete to Attract Pollination

A study out of Taiwan has shown that two groups of proteins in orchids compete to produce the vast array of colors and shapes the plants come in.
A phalaenopsis orchid in bright purple tones
In a study to be published in the journal Nature Plants, co-author Chang-Hsien Yang, a professor at the Graduate Institute of Biotechnology at the National Chung Hsing University found two protein complexes that control how orchids develop. One is responsible for the lips on the exotic plants and the other for the petals. Whichever complex is dominant in a specific plant will result in that plant either having various sizes of petals or very prominent lips.

Since the lip of the plant is the main pollinator, the proteins in the lip complex are very important for reproduction. Much like humans, the orchid that can use it's physical appearance to attract pollination and attention from others is the variety that will survive and thrive.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
DEC 08, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 08, 2019
What's Inside a Pufferfish May Surprise You
Pufferfish are among one of the most easily discernable fish in the ocean, especially when inflated. But do you know how these little fish are able to expa...
DEC 16, 2019
Plants & Animals
DEC 16, 2019
Sloths Are More Interesting Than You Might Think...
The humble sloth – an animal that is renowned for its slowness. In fact, it’s considered one of the slowest mammals on the entire planet. But w...
JAN 07, 2020
Plants & Animals
JAN 07, 2020
Baby Penguins Are Often Bullied to Death by Adults
Most people envision penguins as fun, happy-go-lucky birds residing in the Earth’s chilly polar regions, but that’s not always the case. In fac...
JAN 16, 2020
Genetics & Genomics
JAN 16, 2020
Sequence the Kraken! The Genome of the Giant Squid is Revealed
Giant squid, which can weigh over 900 kilograms and grow to thirteen meters, are the stuff of legend....
JAN 17, 2020
Cardiology
JAN 17, 2020
Eating Walnuts Reduces Risk for Heart Disease
Walnuts may be more than just a tasty snack. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found that they may also promote healthy gut bacteria, wh...
FEB 09, 2020
Genetics & Genomics
FEB 09, 2020
Mosquitoes are Driven to Search for Heat in the Hunt for Meals
Mosquitoes can be dangerous disease vectors, and they infect and kill hundreds of thousands of people with illnesses like dengue, malaria, and West Nile Virus....
Loading Comments...