Spreading Seeds

What needs to happen for the flowers to become fruit?
Why do scientists consider tomatoes to be fruit?
Fruit: Why do plants make them?
ABC Splash
http://splash.abc.net.au/media/-/m/86130/fruit-why-plants-make-them
After viewing the clip
What might be the problem if fruit containing seeds falls close to the parent plant?

Why would it be better for the plant if its seeds are spreed (dispersed) further away?

How do birds and other animals help spread seeds?

Which insect is the most commonly involved and effective at seed dispersal?

Australia has a high number of seed collecting ants that collect seeds as food and in doing so dispersethe seeds.

Different species of ants differ in the types of food they prefer to take back to their nest to eat. We are going to investigate which types of foods the ants in our school grounds perfer.

 

Ant dispersal investigation planner

Further Reading:

http://australianmuseum.net.au/Seed-dispersal/

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