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The beautiful tricks of flowers - Jonathan Drori


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In this visually dazzling talk, 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.

Drori mentions that plants reproduce in a variety of ways—for example, via anatomical structures like runners, rhizomes and suckers. Flowers are structures used mainly for sexual reproduction. What’s advantageous about sexual reproduction, versus the other (non-sexual) methods that plants use?

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