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CLIP 5503

Adaptation – seed dispersal

Adaptation – seed dispersal

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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:



    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

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