Are Flowers Smelling You Back?

08/21/11
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Consuelo De Moraes

Consuelo De Moraes is an internationally known biologist and ecologist who studies the complex role of chemistry in interactions among plants and other organisms. She is particularly interested in understanding how olfactory cues emitted by plants convey sophisticated information about plant identity and condition.

Animals utilize their sense of smell to explore their surroundings. But what about plants? When you smell a flower, is it smelling you back? Is it trying to figure out if your nose would make a good pollinator? Chemical ecologist Consuelo De Moraes shows us a parasitic vine that uses smell to find its preferred host—the tomato.
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