biology zoology blog benno meyer rochow Not Only Seeds Get Dispersed By Wind

Not Only Seeds Get Dispersed By Wind

Animals get blown off course as well

Everybody knows at least one plant whose seeds are dispersed by the wind: the dandelion. Its seeds and those of thistles as well look like little umbrellas with a tuft of fine and flimsy hairs at the top that catch the wind. Willow trees also produce seeds that are transported by the wind and the wing- or propeller-like seeds of the sycamore (also known as the planetree Platanus occidentalis) are familiar to most people. However, the wind disperses not just seeds (and pollen, of course), but also animals. —>—>

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Fungi: Amazingly diverse, but neither plant nor animal

Looking at one’s old school books, university notes or lab work not only allows you to reflect on past events in your life, it can also raise questions. Why, for example, did I have to examine mushrooms in the Botany practical? Why are fungi dealt with in Botany classes or featured in botany textbooks? They aren’t plants after all. But they aren’t animals either. So, what are they? Let me tell you: they are the most interesting of all life forms! —>—>

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Tongue Twisters

To train our tired tongues tremendous tricks

A look at the tongue and an experienced physician can diagnose dermatoses, diabetes, liver ailments, stomach disorders and other diseases quite easily. But the tongue is more than a mirror of our health (and for some people an organ that has to tolerate piercing – a custom dating back to pre-Columbian Amerindian Maya and Aztec cultures). It lets us taste, possesses the best two-point discrimination of any body region, is tremendously sensitive to temperature and most of all it lets us speak. Trying to say “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper” or “A proper copper coffee pot”, your tongue twists and it twists because of a remarkable arrangement of nerves and longitudinal, transverse, circular, and oblique muscle fibres. —>—>