In the video below, Jonathan Drori shows the extraordinary ways flowering plants -- over a quarter million species -- have evolved to attract insects to spread their pollen: growing 'landing-strips' to guide the insects in, shining in ultraviolet, building elaborate traps, and even mimicking other insects in heat.
- After watching the video, give your thoughts on the amazing relationships between plants and animals. Were you aware that mimicry was so extensive in the plant world? What about Drori's claim that flowers have managed to involve even humans in spreading their genes?
- Find an example of a flowering plant that has evolved a unique way in which to spread its pollen and share the link with your classmates.
- Finally, reflect on what you have learned about plants in this unit. Will you look at plants differently?
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