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New Use for Quantum Dots: Tracking the Pollination Process

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A pollination biologist from Stellenbosch University is breaking new ground in his field by using quantum dots to track and label individual pollen grains. His novel, low-cost method could enable biologists to track the whole pollination process, from the first visit by a pollinator to the endpoint — either the pollen grain’s successful transfer to another flower’s stigma or its loss along the way. Corneile Minnaar, a pollination biologist in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch University, developed a technique that uses quantum dots to track...Read full article

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