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Myrmecochory

GardenDrum

GardenDrum

August 27, 2012

Today’s word is¬†myrmecochory – an¬†evolutionary symbiosis where plant seeds have developed a fleshy outer covering called¬†elaiosome (Ha! – you get 2 fancy words today) which attracts ants. The ants take the seed back to their nest, eat the elaiosome & discard the undamaged seed into the surrounding nutrient-enriched soil. This short dispersal distance leads to higher speciation.

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