Seed Dispersal

The many different aspects of seed dispersal include wind, water, and even animals. Seeds such as the ones on dandelions are blown into the wind in order to germinate.  Plants that participate in wind dispersal usually have many small seeds in order to insure they are picked up by the wind. Plants that live in or near water practice water dispersion, their seeds float and are carried to other places as the water flows. Animals, however, disperse seeds in many different ways. Some animals eat the fruit of plants and the seeds move through their digestive tracts to be dropped in other locations. Other seeds latch on to animals, such as the bur. Another way is when animals bury their food, like squirrels do, and are left to grow into a new plant.014


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