Seed Dispersal

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As the name obviously applies, seed dispersal involves the translocation of seeds from their plant parent to their future “home”. Due to plants often being rooted into the ground, and as a result lack mobility, in order to disperse their offspring, plants rely on certain biotic and abiotic factors to aid in the scattering of their seeds. For instance, certain methods of seed dispersal involve, animals, wind, water, gravity, and so on. As seen above this post, the wind rustles the “Sale” flag, potentially carrying hundreds of seedling, across the urban and bustling area of Hialeah. This basic, yet potent force of our everyday lives, a primeval method that has existed for millenniums, entails seeds dispersing either by gracefully fluttering to the ground (a short distance method),  or going with the breeze (a long distance method). Furthermore, seed dispersal has remained popular among the majority of plants, obviously due to the numerous advantages this process possesses. The benefits enlisted with seed dispersal, includes less competition for the seedlings as they are farther from their parents usually; allows plants to colonize unknown, unexplored geographic areas, and finally allowing seeds to reach a habitat that will aid in their survival, according to the “directed dispersal” hypothesis. Consequently, seed dispersal is a necessary and intriguing topic to discuss when attempting to understand where and why plants grow where they grow.

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