Seed dispersal by ants

Steven N. Handel, Andrew J. Beattie

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Many seeds get around by sticking to the fur (or clothes) of passing mammals. But a large number of plants have evolved seeds that are designed to be dispered by ants. Instead of burrs, these seeds grow a tasty lump of fat. The ants carry the seeds home, eat the fat and discard the rest, which then germinates.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScientific American
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990


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