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Flowers Use Beautiful Tricks

Flowers Use Beautiful Tricks


Jonathan Drori (credit: The Eden Project)


Life on Earth could not exist without green plants. Using the bio-chemical process of photosynthesis to produce oxygen from carbon dioxide, they produced oxygen for the Earth's atmosphere. Vascular plants evolved from the size of single cells to giant sequoias. With the exception of only a few inhospitably frozen or hyper-arid landscapes, plants now dominate virtually every place on land and in the seas.

How did plants become so successful? Jonathan Drori, a trustee for the Woodland Trust, Kew Royal Botanic Gardens, and Wildscreen in the UK, explains to a TED audience they evolved some beautiful tricks to become pollinated and reproduce. Plants are masterful green magicians. WHB

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