What is Pollination

Before we can take steps to help pollinators on a global and local level, we have to understand the meaning of “pollination.”

Pollination is the process of taking pollen grains from the anthers of a flower and bringing them to the stigma of the same type of flower.

In the diagram below, you can see that the anther and filament make up the stamen.

You’ll also see that the stigma is part of the pistil. The pistil includes the style, ovary, and ovule.

Once a pollen grain is on the stigma, it grows a tube that runs down the style to the ovary. Once it reaches the ovary, fertilization occurs and seeds are produced. The seeds these plants produce are the fruit and seeds we use as food. Without fertilization there will be no fruit.

The pollinators are attracted to the flower or plant by the nectar. This nectar serves as a food source for the pollinator.


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Click on the image of our source, Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden, for more info.
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