Monday, September 2, 2013

Keeping it simple.

Here is a very interesting TED talk on the common symbiotic relationship between flowers and insects. Some species are mutually beneficial such as a humming bird getting nectar and a flower spreading its pollon. Others have a relationship where only one if benefitted, like the minicing flowers that do not produce nectar. This simple relationship has so many facets that its hard not to find it interesting.


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  2. Prior to the evolution of the flower - there were plants, and Insects as well long before flowers. What stages in between do you think led to this? what could have been other evolutionary routes? if flowers can self pollinate often - what is the advantage of being dependent on another species? Do you have visuals?