Flower sex expression and sex ratio predict fruitset in pumpkin

It is generally believed that pollinator deficiency is a cause for reduced fruitset in pumpkin and squash. Sinu and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. dissertation students in Central University of Kerala showed that flower sex ratio of field is a major predictor than pollinator visits for pollination in pumpkin in South India. The findings have been published in Scientia Horticulturae.

Floral traits predict pollination in endemic Syzygium species

Sinu and his colleagues from ATREE (Dr. Shivanna) and Sacred Heart College (Dr. GIby Kuriakose) studied floral and reproductive traits of four species of Syzygium endemic to the Western Ghats and suggest these traits predict entomophily, anemophily, ambophily, and ornithophily in those species. The research findings has been published in the current issue of Australian Journal of Botany.