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Lightweight structure aids dispersal: dandelions

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The seeds of dandelions are efficiently dispersed on the wind thanks to tiny discs of radiating threads that act as parachutes.

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Summary
"The dandelion provides its seeds with a slightly more complex flying apparatus, a tiny disc of radiating threads that form, in effect, a parachute. A dandelion presents these seeds to the wind hoisted on the top of a stem and arranged as a fragile elegant globe." (Attenborough 1995:16)
About the inspiring organism
Med_taraxacum_sp_upernavik_20070730_1 Taraxacum
Taraxacum

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Application of agricultural amendments without the use of toxic inert ingredients. Packaging--dispersal.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Agriculture

References
Attenborough, D. 1995. The Private Life of Plants: A Natural History of Plant Behavior. London: BBC Books. 320 p.
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Sherry
over 5 years ago
Thanks to Duarte Miguel Prazeres for adding a photo to this strategy.
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Sherry
over 6 years ago
Thanks to Duarte Miguel Prazeres for finding and uploading these photos.
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