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The biomechanics of Cornus canadensis stamens are ideal for catapulting pollen
 

Summary: The biomechanics of Cornus canadensis
stamens are ideal for catapulting pollen
vertically
Dwight L. Whitaker 1
, Leon A. Webster2
, & Joan Edwards3
1
Physics Department, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
2
Physics Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
3
Biology Department, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
November 19, 2006
1corresponding author: dwight.l.whitaker@williams.edu
Biomechanics of C. canadensis catapult 1
Summary1
1. Rapid movements in fungi and plants have evolved in different species to2
facilitate the dispersal of spores and seeds. The mechanisms of action can3
differ among species, but the effectiveness of these movements has rarely,4
if ever, been tested. Here we show through a quantitative biomechanical5

  

Source: Aalberts, Daniel P. - Department of Physics, Williams College

 

Collections: Physics