Gallery: Scientists Find Plants Use Caffeine to Attract Bees


According to research recently published in in the journal Science, humans aren’t the only creatures who get a good buzz from caffeine. It turns out that plants produce caffeine-laced nectar to attract honeybees and to keep the insects keep coming back for more. The psychoactive drug enables organisms rooted to the ground to influence the behavior of their moving pollinators. Not only does this new information shed light on how plants and pollinators have co-evolved, but it explains similarities in brain chemistry across the animal kingdom.

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