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Re: Plants The sixth sense

  • Subject: Re: Plants The sixth sense
  • From: Krzysztof Kozminski <kk@kozminski.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 09:01:53 -0600 (CST)

On Thu, 31 Jan 2002, Paul Tyerman wrote:

> My particular thing that stood out is that certain vines have tiny yellow
> nodules on their stems, that mimic the eggs of their main predator.
> My thoughts on that were..... I know that the fittest survive and therefore
> go on to reproduce, but the natural chances of a particular vine producing
> nodules that mimic the eggs of their only predator is phenomenally small.
> There has to be some way that they register the presence of these eggs and
> more importantly their COLOUR.  Nodules occuring naturally on a wine is
> "relatively" possible I suppose, but then colouring the same colour and
> shade as the eggs?  How is this explained?

The ones with nodules of wrong color/shape got eaten by the predators
before they managed to set seed, and aren't seen much any more....

"Microsoft is to software what McDonalds is to gourmet cooking"

Krzysztof Kozminski

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