Class Clips is changing
We will be introducing the new Knowledge and Learning Beta website over the coming months. Clips for use in the classroom are now available on your phone, tablet or PC.


Alternatively, you can still browse or search by keyword or clip number on this site.

CLIP 5503

Adaptation – seed dispersal

Adaptation – seed dispersal
Play

Did you know?

All Class Clips content is available to watch on mobile, tablet and desktop devices on our new Knowledge & Learning BETA website.

Key Info
  • Adaptation – seed dispersal
  • Duration: 3:37
  • Genetic information from plants and fungi can be dispersed by the wind in the form of seeds and spores. Sir David Attenborough shows the birdcage plant of California as it rolls in the wind, dispersing seeds as it goes. Other examples are given, such as spores from puffball fungi dispersing in the wind. When earthstar fungi open on the woodland floor in the autumn, drops of rain cause them to explosively erupt spores. These spores are carried in the wind to a wider area to germinate.
  • Subject:

    Science

       Topic:

    Bio: Plants - Growth and Reproduction

  • Keywords: Seed, disperse, adaptation, birdcage, puffball, germinate, Attenborough, California, spore, microscopic, genetic, particle, wind, migrate, earth star, woodland, Autumn, rain
Ideas for use in class
  • Whilst students watch this clip, ask them to identify how the birdcage plant and the puffball and earth star fungi use the air to disperse their seeds or spores.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.