Tuesday, 2 September 2008

mental fruit


someone called Wolfgang whose job is "seed morphologist" explains some of the crazy strategies used by fruit to spread their seeds, using some awesome electron microscope pictures...

1 comment:

  1. PS - a word on figs, which are absolutely fascinating. you'll never see a flower on a fig tree, so how do they pollinate? the answer is that the figs themselves are flowers, and they rely on the convoluted life-cycle of a specific type of wasp called a fig wasp, which burrows in and out of them. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig_wasp#Life_Cycle